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I'm Engineering and Maintenance Manager for a factory that makes sealants, epoxies, grouts, renders and the like for a multinational corporate owned by Nippon. I did a tradesman's certificate as a plant mechanic working at a large electricity authority. I then started a mechanical engineering bachelors degree and spent the next 20 years in the water industry with a company owned by ITT Corporation (at the time, an USD 8 billion company). I had stints running the contracts department, the projects department and lastly the engineering department. I travelled all around Australia, Asia Pacific and China troubleshooting problematic pump systems, presenting seminars to water authorities and consultants, and providing technical knowledge for large installations. These included the whitewater rafting course for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, various power stations cooling water supply pumps and major water supply and wastewater pump stations. A good example was Bayswater Power Station Cooling Water Pumps where I selected 16 pumps that were 680 kilowatts each, worked out how they would be controlled and did both computerised CFD modelling and physical scale models of the hydraulics for the pump station and upstream river section. After that, I moved to a professional engineering consultancy for a few years where I led a team of engineers to design the whole of mine dewatering system for a new mine near Newman in Western Australia. This lead me to work as a reliability engineer in a BHP-Billiton Uranium Mine in remote South Australia for a few years sorting out mine/town water supply issues. And the last job I had before my current job was managing the after sales business for a special type of crusher used in hard rock mines called High Pressure Grinding Rolls (YouTube has some videos if you google HPGR). I managed the install and commissioning of a 6 megawatt, 12 story high, 450 tonne machine in the Pilbara and did the same for smaller machines in South Africa and Chile during 2019. I organised and did site supervision of dozens of maintenance shutdown projects on these machines with up to 35 tradesmen. I worked some absolutely ridiculous hours in the Pilbara in 45 degC heat. I'm now very glad to be doing a 50-60 hour week and be home every night and every weekend so I can ride my GT :) .
 

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50-60 hour week seems way too much in my booklet. But, if you like what you do, it's not work, right? (y) I could have retired years ago, but I like my work, and I get paid for it (but salaried and I don't usually work over 40 hrs a week). I'm gonna keep doing it till it's no fun. ;)
 

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50-60 hour week seems way too much in my booklet. But, if you like what you do, it's not work, right? (y) I could have retired years ago, but I like my work, and I get paid for it (but salaried and I don't usually work over 40 hrs a week). I'm gonna keep doing it till it's no fun. ;)
It’s way better than the 15 hour days, 7 days a week I was doing before…
 

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B787 Pilot and flight instructor. I also run a couple of franchise haircut salons, a mini storage business AND an high-end motorcycle retail/service shop. So I deal with almost every problem/challenge/failure/achievement known to man on a daily basis.:cry::D:cool::(;)

Oh, almost forgot! Two teenage kids, too
 

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I work 37.5 hrs a week for almost 30 years. Doing nothing would kill me. I have seen people who retire dying within a year or two since they have nothing else to do they start self destructive behavior.
 

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Former aircraft weapons tech (rotary), hydraulics system specialist, hydraulic service company owner, workshop manager, mine commissioning/decommissioning and currently Manager of a mining company supply chain.

I’d love to work 60 hours and not be on call.


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Old man here, was an elementary teacher for 38 years straight so worked for the future good with invisible and intangible resources for minimal wages.
I burned out and went part time supply teaching until Covid arrived. Now I am into resin casting slotcar body kits as a added income source and try to get a motorcycle ride in with my club (Ulysses NZ) once a week or so depending on the weather which is wet wet wet at the moment.
Sometimes I don’t do anything but feel like I should be.
 

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I was an enlistee and then an officer (civil engineer) in the USAF from 78-87; then I ran a check printing plant for 8 years, and then taught high school for 16 years. Now I’m chief of a rural fire department (which nowadays is more medical than anything else). My wife of 40 years is a retired Air Force and FedEx pilot and now a paramedic for my fire department and our county EMS. The GT+ is mostly mine and our 23 Ninja 1000 mostly hers.
 

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Sounds like you have had a busy life, which is a good thing. Two fine bikes in the garage is a plus as well as a riding partner. You are a lucky man, Tex929rr
Thank you, sir. It just sort of happened. We also have two pure sporty bikes (although the older I get the more bikes the GSX are nicer to ride) and I’m well aware of just how lucky I am.
 

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Do your military flight engineers also serve as crew members?
We have dedicated flight aircrewmen. We also have what is referred to as flight maintainers who are engineers that as it stated maintain in the air. Mostly after maintenance has occurred and serviceability needs to be established outwith what the pilots can certify. I did it back in 2013/2014 on Sea King helicopters. Was a great experience.
 

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We have dedicated flight aircrewmen. We also have what is referred to as flight maintainers who are engineers that as it stated maintain in the air. Mostly after maintenance has occurred and serviceability needs to be established outwith what the pilots can certify. I did it back in 2013/2014 on Sea King helicopters. Was a great experience.
I know the US Army has crew chiefs who fly, as I believe do the Navy and Coast Guard. Fixed wing aircraft used to have engineers but they were rated pilots in the airlines; my wife flew with engineers on the 727 and DC10. I believe the US military used enlisted flight engineers but they are all gone now. Recently the Air
Force boasted about flying a refueling mission with one pilot and a boom operator, which sounds stupidly risky to me.
 
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