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Working life
By FlightTest (Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 03:00:43 AM EST) (all tags)
I'm not a software engineer, I'm a mechanical engineer.  We build hardware, and if it's a new design, we test it.  Testing requires trips out into the desert, usually.

Did you know, that if you call your local police, even in a big city, and tell them you're going to make a very loud noise, they won't send anyone out to find out exactly what it is you did to make that very loud noise when you do?  At least it seems to work for us.  Even if that noise sounds suspiciously like a small explosion.

I'm wiped out.  Four big tests in four weeks, all very successful, and leaving our customer happy, and me exhausted.  Three of the tests were in the middle of the desert, the loud one behind our building.  Unfortunately the middle of the desert tests involve getting up a couple hours before sunrise.  Couple the fact that I'm not a morning person with the fact that I was pretty much responsible for the tests, and I got about zip sleep the night before each of them.  After the third and final desert test my boss told me he thought I was the only person working for him that could have pulled them off. 

I'm going back to $big_project soon, and apparently part of my role will be helping my boss keep track of what everyone is doing, and make sure everyone is making progress towards $big_review.  This will be interesting, I'm pretty sure there will be a couple who will not be happy that I'm in a quasi-supervisory role over them.  Hopefully my boss will let everyone know what the situation is so they won't think I'm just trying to take authority I don't have.

Fun times ahead, to be sure.
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Testing the new Gamma Bomb, Dr. Banner? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 4) #1 Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 04:14:52 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

You won't like him by anonimouse (4.00 / 2) #2 Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 08:03:18 AM EST
...when he's angry.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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I've been spending way too much time in the desert by kwsNI (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 08:06:15 AM EST
In fact, will be there tonight for the 3rd time this month. 

That sucks by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 12:15:04 PM EST
Although at least you get to fly sometimes when you're out here.  If I had a working airplane (grrrrrrrrrr) I would have been able to fly out to the test site.  Still, I'll take my few trips to your lots of trips.

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