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06-03-2004 03:39 PM  13 years agoPost 1
DarkStaR6

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Easy all, I have been an IT engineer for about 6 years. Im sick to death of computers! Back in the days in school my best / fav subject was CDT, esp. metal work. Working on milling machines / lathes, machining parts ect.

I love to work on technical things with my hands, examples being completely rebuilt a Yamaha R6 from the frame up, mostly rebuilt a gsxr 750. Built a Raptor ect ect....

I have a couple of little saying - Chris I'll fix it! & Give me the tools and I will build you anything!

What I need to know is what some job titles to look out for because IT support is going to drive me to suicide anyway soon.

Problem is I do quite well out of IT & moving to a new job with limited experience is surely going to result in a cut in money. What sort of salary could I expect & would my IT experience be of much benefit?

I have even given serious thought to starting my own custom machining business but its a long time since I have had a chance to use any serious tools and it was before the days AutoCAD running the mill lol... Also I wouldn't have a clue how much to charge people for work, how complex a job I could take on, what the setup costs would be (I know a lot!)

I need some job satisfaction bad!

Anyone got some pointers for someone sick of computer support?

Cheers ears...

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06-03-2004 06:55 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Diverig

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have even given serious thought to starting my own custom machining business but its a long time since I have had a chance to use any serious tools
I say go for it!

That what I did three years back and started my own gun shop
now that the gun bussness is slow I just bought a plasma CNC cutter
we now do general oilfield machining cut out metal art and welding.

The nice thing about owning your own bussnes is you only have to answer to yourself.


good luck

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06-04-2004 07:21 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Fullagas

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Michigan

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Don't know how it is across the pond, but the tool-and-die trade here in the states is rapidly fading away. A lot of the small, 'job' shops have gone under. Even large companies that were booming in the 90's are on hard times.

Everything's being farmed out offshore.

How about being a special-effects type in the movies? They tend to be smart, work-with -their-hands types.


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Flying helis since gyros had springs.

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06-04-2004 07:58 AM  13 years agoPost 4
cfranks

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Adelaide South Australia

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Another alternative is to buy some good (small) equipment for a home workshop. You can then bleed a lot of stress by turning metal into swarf. Thats what I did and I've been in the IT business for just over 40 years.
I use my lathe and milling machines to build parts for my helis although they tend not to work as good as the originals. LOL
Scratch built a couple of 5 blade heads, 3 blade head, special motor mounts, etc etc and those worked very well.
Be aware though that this additional hobby can eat up the same kind of money that helis can.

Good luck

Charles

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