Monthly Archives: March 2011

Playing the Engineering Card

OK, so I’ll admit there have been times when working with various contractors, auto mechanics, auto dealers and job-related contacts that have required me to play my Engineering Card. This is a device that is used when the top of … Continue reading

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Jerks I’ve Known

As you can probably guess, I’ve had my share of what is now known as sexual harassment in the workplace. Not many, thankfully, but certainly memorable. Affirmative action, whose premise was to open doors in the federal, state and corporate … Continue reading

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Machinery and a New Kind of Tool

When I first entered industries’ world in 1978, my tools consisted of pencils, pens and paper. The secretaries used typewriters, the really good ones, electric. In fact the one most envied and sought after was the Selectric brand. Instead of … Continue reading

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Checking out Cyanide

My first full-time job took me to St Louis. I worked for a large chemical company that employed some 10,000 people at its St Louis headquarters. After only a couple of months of getting my engineering feet wet, I received … Continue reading

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Another Pitch for Innovation

The destruction Japan is experiencing has cost the world untold human lives and livelihoods. We’ll never know the impact the victims of the earthquake and tsunami would have made on this world. They are certainly impacting the world now bringing … Continue reading

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Presenting Engineering Old School

I attended a meeting recently consisting of engineers presenting preliminary designs to our government customers and company management. The company doesn’t provide much direction in the way of formatting or training on presentations. Execution and appearance still rate with being … Continue reading

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My Summer Engineering Job, Betty and The Nun

The local schools are taking their spring break this week and I’m reminded of spring break of my junior year. I had one goal for that week: to find a summer engineering job. They’re called internships now. The best full-time … Continue reading

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