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Old 08-28-2014, 02:51 AM   #21
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I was a machinist/welder in the Air Force for a number of years. It was a really good experience, I learned a trade, and they paid for school. I'm now an engineer and while it is nice to not be standing in front of a machine all day, I do miss it sometimes.

Walked over to the shop at work today and poked around a bit on the lathe. I'm definitely out of practice but it is nice to be able to make things like this rather than buy them.
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:27 PM   #22
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Tool and Die maker as well. Been at it for 7 years now. Work at a small job shop that does a lot of guages and assembly fixtures and your typical job shop kinda things. Just like a lot of others in here I am hoping to be self employed some day. I currently do a fair bit of automotive work on the side and am going to school for mechanical design. Once I've exhausted my night class options I'll quit this job and see if I can land a part time gig as a wrench. A part time gig as an engine machinist would be awesome!
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:38 PM   #23
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Machinist turned Mechanical Engineer here. We make pipe fusion machines. I'm very fortunate in that we have a small shop just for engineering to make prototypes in with machining, fabrication and testing equipment.

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Old 11-15-2014, 05:49 PM   #24
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That green machine is awesome! The only thing I'll miss about being a tool maker is the access to the equipment.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:49 PM   #25
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Does that machine friction weld the pipes together?
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It's basically 5-step process. The pipe is loaded into the machine, then faced off for a clean virgin surface, then a heater is put between the pipe and finally followed by removing the heater and fusing the two pieces together under pressure.

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Old 11-16-2014, 01:29 AM   #27
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That's pretty cool!
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:24 AM   #28
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Cool job, Bandit! We use McElroy exclusively for all of our HDPE runs.
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That's neat to hear Supe. It's certainly a lot of fun, and a great company to work for.

If you ever come out to do some training in Tulsa, let me know as the engineering building and training center are right next door.
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Old 08-16-2015, 12:50 AM   #30
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fabricator and machinist here, but currently in school for mechanical engineering.

I currently work as a fabricator at MAGNET where we build and design custom machines.

Id love to post pictures of some of the machines but sadly I cant due to my contract.
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Old 08-16-2015, 12:30 PM   #31
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Mechanical Engineer here. Worked for Boeing on Space Station until I retired. Then worked on the things I love, race car suspension. I design the parts, and then program and setup the machines, always run the prototypes and frequently run the production runs.

Running an older Leadwell mill and a brand new Leadwell lathe.
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Old 08-16-2015, 05:21 PM   #32
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CNC lathe programmer here. College trained welder and Manual machinist. Run a Mazak 200II MY..most of the time.
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