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07/17/2007 2:50 AM

Actually, I am a drafter, who is good at 3 dimensional parametric modeling. So, I am at the bottom of the ladder of the engineering world.

How I got here is a convoluted path. Years ago, I ran around with a bunch of redneck cowboy types, and one worked for a local chain of auto parts stores. I was out of a job and he recommended I apply. I did, and spent 9 years working for them.

Towards the end of those 9 years I wanted to get into a different line of work, so I went to a junior college to study computer programming. I did receive an associate degree, but it was all for mainframe computers. This was just about the time that microcomputers took off, so I've never really used that degree.

Later, I wanted to become a research meteorologist, so back to school I went. This time I went for and received an associate degree in math from Tulsa Community College, with the aim of moving on to the meteorology school at Oklahoma University.

Didn't make it there either. Had to work to pay off some debts, plus I was driving an old clunker, and I wanted a car in better condition before going to a school not close to home. I got caught in a couple of layoffs. The first was at the NAPA warehouse in Tulsa, the second at the Zebco fishing reel plant. Because the last layoff was due to imports, I qualified for a program that paid for training.

That led to Star Training Institute, where I learned drafting by hand and using AutoCAD. After I finished my training, and received a certifcate from the American Drafting and Design Association, Star put me to work on a contract basis.

The first contract was for an outfit that makes oilfield pumps. They had bought out another company and inherited a bunch of drawings that were not up to ANSI standards. They wanted the drawings brought up to ANSI and their own company standards, plus they wanted 3D parametric models of the parts to help their engineers visualize the shapes better. I went through 2 days of training on Mechanical Desktop, then started work on the project.

Since then, I have worked on a variety of projects in different fields. Most of my work has been done for a company that makes overhead cranes. Even though the drawings for them were more structural than mechanical, they have had some very interesting projects.

Now, I work for Star Training, but from home, and I provide installation support for Autodesk student software. I still do some drafting to keep my skills up, and I am also using Inventor on a design of a meterological instrument.

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