What I do for a living
I eventually finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering, doing it part-time, with some day lectures and a lot of evening work. During that time I worked for an elevator company designing relay control systems. That was an interesting job, and I learned a lot about control of electro-mechanical machinery and about relay logic circuits. White Elevators was an old company, and in some ways a bit of a lovable dinosaur, as they made just about everything themselves in their factory at Beaconsfield. Even the relays were made in-house.
After that I worked for a mining equipment company, in charge of local design changes for the Australian market. That was a great job, especially for a young engineer, but as the mining boom grew it became overwhelming (really 3 jobs at once) and I had a wife and baby to care for. That led me to a quieter job with a large oil refining company.
After 10 years with the refinery designing buildings, refinery plant and airconditioning systems I began to move into IT systems, installing the first refinery PC, the WANG word processing network, the first plant control computers and the refinery wide network. I've now worked in IT longer than any other job, so that qualifies me for the title "Lapsed Mechanical Engineer". I've been with the company for 27 years now, a thing I never expected in my younger days. We have lots of engineers here now that are younger than my own kids!
This page http://tardus.net/whatIdo.html published: 12 Feb 2007