Hard Work, dirty environment and plenty of opportunities to repair things.
Systems Repairman (Current Employee) – Lorain, OH – January 26, 2016
Typically, I would show up 30-45 minutes before start time, change into my FR rated clothing, cup of coffee and morning meeting. I would leave the meeting and do a walk through to check the systems, drives, etc to see if everything was powered up, no faults, no flooding in the basements and visit with the operators to see if they had any problems or concerns. then, I would run from one breakdown to another all day, by myself and sometimes with no break or lunch. A good day was one that everything I touched got fixed. I learned that I couldn't count on anyone but myself for help or to get it done right. I didn't have a problem with any of my managers due to the fact they knew how hard I worked every day to keep the place running. The hardest part of my job was the 1/2 hr ride home just sitting in my truck. I felt like the tin man needing a oil can when I got out of my truck. I really enjoyed it when they gave me a project that allowed me to design and build from scratch a control panel that worked the first time it was tested.
Job experience, location, learned how to be "flexible"
A lot of walking with all my tools and meter. Up and down ladders, etc.