Post by nobbysideways on Jan 9, 2019 11:56:33 GMT
I had to have a bit of a think before starting this thread, I didn't want it to turn into a big willy-waving contest... but so far I've found there are so many interesting stories behind the engineers we have on this site and in my local MES that I'd be truly interested in hearing about any interesting jobs or tasks people have had in the past, either a career path, task during a career, things you've done volunteering, anything really. Stuff that you maybe had to stop and say to yourself "I didn't imagine I'd be doing this when I left school!".
Mine is short but quite varied, for a majority of my career I've been involved in flight trials for the MoD, designing, building and using data gathering equipment, and also looking after the instrumentation fitted to the aircraft used by the Empire Test Pilots School. I've stepped away from that now (I work on mil. aircraft still, but for a company whose name sounds like the noise Zebedee makes...), however I did also find myself running the Accident Data Recorder section for a while, and did some time in motorsport (Astons & Ferraris primarily). When my leg started playing up I got into teaching, educating apprentices in Avionics, then moved on to teaching motorsport studies at a college (I was a terrible teacher, never did the paperwork). I've written a couple of books, one that was very poor (first attempt at writing a book, was only a kid really, didn't do a good job) and a second that I was actually proud of, did a lot of research and I think got the subject matter to the right level. I still freelance in motorsport sometimes, acting as a race mechanic in my free time, but that's dried up a bit lately. Just like the aircraft trials work it did get me travelling a bit, seeing a few bits of the world. I'd love to claim I was excellent at all these jobs, but to be honest for around a third of them I was a fish out of water waiting to get found out! One last one of interest, for fun I've done a bit of film extras work, I'm an amputee (leg, missing from the knee) and you can get a bit of pocket money for lying around covered in fake blood for a few hours. I'm lurking in a couple of films and such, although again I've not done it for a couple of years.
Over to you, what have you got!