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Superhero vs. Machinist

Posted March 11, 2011 8:30 AM by Milo

I subscribed to Ryan Pohl's blog feed, Change The Perception. (link below)

Ryan's blog is thoughtful, passionate, and genuine.

It's devoted to "Building a New Respect for Manufacturing".

His post today is titled Super-Hero vs. Machinist. It's about how Ryan's childhood aspirations, kinda-sorta came true. Here's a brief excerpt:

"Going from (becoming a) super-hero to precision machinist! I seem to remember Superman cutting through steel with his laser eyes … now, I know how to cut steel, and I can do it to an accuracy within the thickness of a split-hair … or less! What's your accuracy, Superman?"

I'll bet on the machinist!

I liked his story a lot.

I liked how he showed that his thinking evolved.

And how in the end he recognized that he became his dream.

That as a machinist, he is in fact a Super-hero.

Who else but a fellow Super-hero, would dare to ask

"Hey Superman, whats your accuracy?"

Legalese: The Superman Emblem is copyright of DC comics. It is also iconic and truly owned by the hearts and minds of every kid who has been bullied, beaten or lost unfairly and thought that he could make things right if only he was the Man of Steel. Machinists apply energy, tools and metalworking fluids to make the steel do their bidding. It's no contest really.

Editor's Note: CR4 would thank to Milo for sharing this blog entry.

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03/11/2011 11:12 PM

Superman is no match with

My hero

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03/12/2011 11:10 AM

That's a different type of hardness testing.

but in fact, those types are more like military engineers, and are best known for their destructive powers.

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03/12/2011 7:22 PM

hahaha, definitely destructive Chris!

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03/12/2011 3:29 PM

I'm betting on the machinist in these situations too. Milo

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03/12/2011 9:43 AM

(.................and then some jerk gave him a five axis pantograph mill and he promptly lost the will to live..........)

Forget it Milo..........we're losing. Most engineers today are selling intangibles.

Machining? What's that? Oh, it was a dirt(y) job anyway. Steel mills? Who needs 'em! Ugly things! It's much nicer to tiptoe through the tulips'.....play flutes....frolic naked in the forests.......

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03/12/2011 10:35 AM

Most likely, i kinda agree he.he. Happy happy!

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03/12/2011 12:27 PM

Noudge..........I'm being fatuously facetiouse.

I am a machinist. I am witnessing the loss of a skill which is alarming. In Canada all secondary schools have dropped skills instruction. There exists only one competant college which is currently engaged in teaching these skills. The 'investors' have about as much foresight as where the next $ is to be made and use likewise excuse that only accomodates them and immediate market trends. Best to invest in a casino than in the future of an industry..........say what!

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03/12/2011 7:11 PM

Well Duckinthepond, its opposite here in the Philippines, we have lots of skilled workers but lack investors.

$15/hr at that rate, that's great! Skilled workers(machinist) here only gets about $8/day.

That's why i think Canada in that condition you just said, is looking for potential immigrants not overseas contract workers.

The latter is bad for your nation's economy but, considerably tolerable to some extent.

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03/13/2011 9:19 AM

Normal everyday cost of living in Canada is high.

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03/12/2011 3:31 PM

Actually, i am seeing hints of a turnaround. Only hints, but better than despair. Milo

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03/12/2011 3:56 PM

Thankyou Milo.

I'm seeing 'machine operators' @ $15/hr. and experienced machinists applying!

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03/12/2011 4:02 PM

I can tell you that the oilfield crews around here in central Alberta are getting very busy. I heard one story that a certain drilling company was dragging out old oil rigs that haven't seen active service since 1998!

but in my leading indicator of truck traffic through Red Deer, we are still not up to 2006/2007 levels of busy by a long shot...

but when the drilling starts up, it is just a matter of time til the money starts to flow too. Machining in the oil industry is of course, a direct supporter of such geological activity.

I'm not in the oil industry anymore.. but have family still doing it. I've moved into cabinet making.

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