5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 1, 2019 5:26 PM by airbornesurfer

    Hey element14 presents Hosts!  What's your day job?

    kellyhensen

      I often think of you each sitting in your maker den cranking out fantastical builds and hacks and pondering the future of microelectronics. . . but then I realize that's NOT all you do.

       

      If you have a "day job" (or a "night job" aside from making videos for element14, please let us know in the comments below.

       

      If you're an international spy or something else covert, then make up a good story. . .

      airbornesurfer

      mayermakes

      davedarko

      andywest

      mrvolt

      baldengineer

      a531016

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          a531016

          I trained as a building services engineer (electrical). That means heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water, public health, electrical distribution, data, security, controls and life safety systems. I was something like an apprentice, so I worked 4 days a week, and went to college on the 5th day, giving me a great combination of practical experience and academic education.

           

          I started out as a site engineer, looking after installations of commercial and high end residential projects. I later spent some time working for a controls (BMS building management systems, or automation) specialist where I started to work in energy efficiency. This was great fun, and also let me learn more about low level protocols and electronics.

           

          More recently I have been working with a company exploring BIM (building information modelling) which enables you to model everything about a building (spacial fit, cost, services design, programme etc) in data.

           

          I will shortly be starting a new role with a company that produces a new type of cancer treatment machine as their electrical engineer. I am really looking forward to getting back to more hands on the services, and this one should be a challenge!

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            dougw

            I have not been able to wrap my head around the VCP program yet - not quite sure of the benefits. It is completely different from participating in other parts of the forum. I have a degree in Systems Engineering which at the time was billed as a combination of electronics and software, but it also included 3 years of mechanical engineering. I then worked for a consulting engineering company for 10 years designing and building instrumentation for many industries, but mostly vehicles - cars, trucks, trains, planes, boats and ships. Then I worked for a university designing scientific instrumentation for 10 years - projects like esoteric spectrometers, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and the Large Hadron Collider in CERN (of Higgs Boson fame). Then I worked for a fiber-optics telecom company for a few years designing electro-optic modules. Then a stint as a CTO in a small start-up doing things ranging from electronic music to large autonomous robots. Then a short stint in a seismometer company. Now I work for a company that makes counter terrorism products like bomb suits and EOD robots. I have a passion for learning about technology and making things that work.

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              andywest

              I've been a software engineer for 20 years (man, I'm getting old). I'm currently working full-time for a title insurance company called "Amrock". I work remotely out of my home office in Austin, TX, but I visit the main office in Detroit, MI once per quarter.

               

              I generally work on e14 projects at night after the kids go to bed. The workbench and computer desk areas you see in my videos are actually opposite corners of the same 10 x 12 ft room where I code all day. I just turn the camera 90 degrees to change locations.

               

              I make a good living writing business software, but it's pretty boring. If I didn't have a mortgage and two car payments (plus two little mouths to feed), I'd quit and make electronics videos all day instead. Maybe some day I'll build an app or game that makes me rich, but until then... insurance software. Bleh.

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                mayermakes

                I am Batman.

                ObviouslyI'm not, but I had to throw that one out.

                 

                My day job is "3D printing Developer" at Aprintapro Gmbh in Vienna, Full time.
                I give workshops about 3D printing for www.OEG3D.at, and do workshops and community formats for "Industry meets Makers"(industrymeetsmakers.com). f.e. "Collaboration Fastlane"- a workshop dedicated to accelerate collaborations between industrial companies and Startups/Makers.
                And rest of the time I make videos for a thing called element14presents, you may have heard of it.

                Before that I spent my time in the Agriculture and Energy department of Raiffeisen Lagerhaus for about 10 years.

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                  airbornesurfer

                  I'm a commercial helicopter pilot by training, and I made ends-meet through college by bouncing between instructing aviation ground school classes and playing trombone in a jazz combo on the weekends. After the bottom fell out of the aviation industry, I picked up whatever technical gigs I could land (video editing and IT support mainly) until I got in with this outfit that manufactures novel industrial pest control devices. They moved me into a support engineer role where I got to tinker with different systems and figure out how to improve upon them (leading to the development of a few different concepts like the alarm system I showed y'all on Discord). Now, I mostly jockey a desk at home, answering questions about how to install and maintain the various electronic systems or designing installation layouts for one of our more specialized optical systems. On occasion, I get to run around on top of high-rises (Petco Park in San Diego, and the Mosaic tower in Regina, SK come to mind) and consult on installations. Of course, I still pick up IT gigs every now-and-again because living in SoCal gets expensive