I finally broke down and bought a new toolbox last night.
I recently started a new position at a company that makes cabinets as a drafting technologist. For the past two weeks, I’ve been getting to know the software they use and trying to create an AWMAC compliant room-by-room materials list for a house. I think they are a good group of people who seriously work hard. The position, as with most positions out there, comes with a three month probationary period. I hope I make the cut. I’ll keep you posted.
In the mean time, there’s still TD. They also keep me busy. I’m not sure if I can take on any more clients with them as time is now limited.
I’ve been seeking new employment the past few weeks. ISP did not work out. They need someone with more experience who can work without an Engineer, and I need a place with more than just one guy (me), with engineering guidance and mentorship. I think professional development cannot happen on my own, without an Engineer present. The Engineer stamping ISP‘s work left for another company; ISP emailed him my drawings, and he emailed them back; but there was no two-way communication, nobody for me to ask questions. I didn’t meet their learning curve expectations. Yes, a new Engineer was hired, but a) he didn’t have experience in this type of work, and b) he had no authorization to stamp at ISP.
I’ve been seeking other Engineering Technologist / drafting / designing work. There are a few places hiring. I’ve had two offers. Unsure what I will do. Aizlynn believes I should branch out on my own and follow my dreams of simple living architecture (i.e. “tiny homes”, to use a blanket description). This is intriguing, but I still feel I need the mentoring and expertise of professionals.
Once a teacher, always a teacher. I continue to do sideline work in that. Not a lot of money in it though. More just a time-user while I seek other employment. However, all my students show greatness, so I will not give them up.
More as it comes.
It was apparently cleaning day at work today. T moved some desks and debris out of the office as it was a slow work flow day. I got into the kick of it later as well and finally tackled my computer keyboard, which was covered in … whatever the stuff is that collects on keyboards and the bottoms of computer mice. I tipped it up-side-down and gave it a few good whacks. What came out was surprising – not just the volume of grot but something else – a spider! I nudged it with my finger, and, sure enough, it was alive! All this time I’ve been using a keyboard with spiders in it.
Wow. Long time since I’ve updated anything here.
I’ve been at ISP as a drafter for a few weeks now. The first week I was there, there were no new orders. Well, maybe a couple. But not enough to get my feet wet with my trainer, P. P was quitting at the end of the week; drafting was not for him. But, with no new orders coming in to cut my teeth on, I didn’t get a lot of practise in. I did calculations, practise drafting of previously done orders, and getting used to AutoCAD again.
I had my 2nd interview. It was more a psych evaluation type of interview. They are looking to see if I am a good fit for their company, how I think, what things drive me, what difficulties I would have. Some questions:
I have my 2nd interview today at BCBE. Think good thoughts. Pray to the Creator. Wish me luck. Etc. etc.
Like my radio transceiver antenna mount? It took me about one hour to create it. Good or bad? Well, it’s pretty exact in specs. “Pretty exact”? Within reason I mean. It will go on the teardrop trailer and connect to the Stryker SR-955HP 10 Meter Amateur Mobile Transceiver. Eh? Here’s a Revit drawing of one and a photo of the other.
I have decided to sign up for ASET’s Mentoring program to fine-tune my skills in my search for employment. I’ve applied for 41 positions and had 8 interviews. I’ve reworked my resume a few times and have drafter countless cover letters, some of which I have not sent (like to ISL Engineering, as they adamantly require APEGA membership). I have been close in a few. Still, in the six months since convocation, nothing solid. Getting a little concerned. So I’m hoping a little guidance from a Mentor will offer some insight.
I had an interview yesterday for a position as Personal Assistant to the Director at a local architectural firm. It’s a part-time position that pays somewhat similar to Flex. Although I would be ideal for this position (my opinion), it would not be much money. It could turn into full-time later if things should pan out. As it turns out, I know two people already there – K and KP. KP is working as a Technologist in Training. I don’t know if K is a full Technologist (C.Tech) yet. I’ll know by Mon. or Tues. next week.