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  1. andy11

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    I worked in a bakery for a short while. I hated it but I kneaded the dough.
     
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  3. Harry Bloomfield

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    Always in the electrical industry during my long career. Apprenticeship, college a bit of time working for myself, then back to contracting where I gained a reputation for being technically rather clever. Then installing and commissioning big pumps and control systems for water authorities and power stations all over UK, a year on contract in Italy for a control system. I always had a private interest in electronics and logic, enough to get me in university, so I took time out to study robotics. That got me an uninteresting job keeping a factories robots running, so I didn't stay there long, rather I moved on to dealing with all of the emergency work for a banking chain, dashing around the county, which took me through to my retirement. It then took me two years before I could properly wind down to being master of my own time and free to holiday when it suited me.
     
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    I had a spell on robotics ok to start but I agree it gets tedious
     
  5. conny

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    Used to do a lot of DC work for a couple of paper mills in Cheshire and North Wales. 960-1470kW big square buggers. Hated winding the field coils, especially the interpoles which had to be a stupid shape to sit between the main poles. Quite liked the armatures, especially the bar wound ones, then 'sweating' up the commutators. The worst part was undercutting the mica between the comm segs by hand. We were not allowed powered mini saws as, "any tuppenny jobsworth can use one of them but you guys have been trained to skilfully create a masterpiece of craftsmanship!" were the words of our manager. Must admit, it felt good when you stepped back and saw a highly polished comm with no scratches or grooves in the copper. Also did emergency brush changes on site. One of the filthiest jobs I've ever had to undertake. Came out looking like a miner after bedding in as many as 48 square ended brushes to the same arc as the comm. Sometimes miss the challenge of the work but not the filthy conditions.
     
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    After I parted from the steelworks I spent two years with a firm which looked after the Cathodic Protection systems on various pipelines around Sydney, that was interesting work
     
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    Hmmmmmmm! Let me think ;)
     
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    Why did you leave Australia?
     
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