inspired by the do what you love
thread and one of my favorite books Gig: Americans talk about their jobs
Tell me what you do for a living. What do you like about it? What do you not like about it?
I am an industrial electrician at an OSB
mill. I really like the troubleshooting and hands on element - I enjoy working with tools and solving problems. I do some PLC programming and that - believe it or not - allows for some creativity. It's really neat to see some equipment you installed come to life. I recently installed some equipment and wrote a program to monitor and control our peak electrical demand and it has been saving us $50k+ per year.
I have a lot of freedom in my daily schedule - as long as I get my work list done and answer calls, I am meeting my job requirements. So, when everything is running smoothly, I have a lot of free time. We have a decent machine shop here and I have been learning how to weld and do metal fabrication.
The cons are that most people in the mill are not educated beyond highschool and most conversations with coworkers all revolve around a)people that I don't know b)hunting and/or fishing.
Another con is that most places in the mill are very loud, dirty, and hot. Also, if it's 25 below outside and that level senor on top of the dry fuel silo fails (again
), I have to go up there and fix it. Luckily that doesn't happen too often. There are multitudes of ways to die a horrible death here, but jobs that cannot be done safely do not have to be done.
The key to survival at this place is to realize that if management wants your opinion, they will give it to you. If you can cope with that, then this is a great place to work.