"Dont quit your dayjob"

User avatar
Akroma_86
Specialist
Specialist
Posts: 57
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:29 pm
City: Ridgefield
State: Washington

"Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Akroma_86 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:26 pm

What do you do for a living? A lot of us have common everyday jobs and some have pretty cool ones.

I know there are other electricians here but i not only do I do house calls and wire houses I also wire up tiny homes. I am under contract wiring up 120 tiny homes for a local company that has been outsourced to deliver to a California campground. Guess they really like them down there.

I have also wired up 3 large marine vessels as well. One Alaska pipeline welding barge and 2 tugboats. All of those projects were very cool. I have tons of pics of all that I do.

As such I do side work when given. Feel free to PM if ya need a sparky.

So what do you do that is pretty darn cool?
Looking to join a PDXLAN group
Free-Agent for Division 2 clan

User avatar
CyberCrist
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 39
Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2007 4:30 pm
City: Vancouver
State: Washington

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by CyberCrist » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:31 pm

I keep the power on. I'm a Database Administrator for a large power company. We have energy grid databases, energy trading databases, databases that keep people alive, financial, HR, etc... etc...

Not glamorous, but it pays the bills.
--
<End of Line>

User avatar
Drunk Mexican
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 162
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:02 pm
City: West Linn
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Drunk Mexican » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:48 pm

For the last 10 years I have been working from home, for a company in Seattle that does Salesforce consulting services.

I work as a Salesforce and Pardot Consultant, going from company to company, project to project, across every industry you can imagine. Mostly working with local companies here in the PNW.

It’s a pretty sweet gig that has allowed me to watch my daughter grow up, for which I am eternally thankful for.
↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

Contributing to the PDXLAN Community since PDXLAN 9

User avatar
Vector
Event Founder
Event Founder
Posts: 241
Joined: Fri Jul 04, 2003 6:00 pm
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Contact:

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Vector » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:27 am

Besides LAN Parties, (About 70% of my job) I also am heavily interested in consumer psychology and consult in that field.

What I attempt to answer in my job:
- Identify key influences that drive consumers to purchase products
- Give feedback and suggestions on marketing campaigns already in motion
- Give suggestions on box art / colors / messaging
- Consult with a few companies (that are also sponsors) about PC-Enthusiast culture opposed to eSports culture, and the way to reach the enthusiast demographic, and why those people are important influencers.
=Vector=

User avatar
Ghostwalker
Specialist
Specialist
Posts: 36
Joined: Mon May 02, 2005 11:36 am
City: Los Angeles
State: California
Contact:

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Ghostwalker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:11 pm

I'm an IT Infrastructure manager for a video game company in LA.
I've got a team of 12 Network & Systems Engineers that work on giving Game & Champion Designers, Artist, Audio Engineers, Finance, Facilities, and anyone else at the company a stable and scalable platform to build their tools/systems off of. :)

For me, it's been a dream job so far. I've been here for a little over 5.5 years now (after having worked ~20 years as a Sr. Systems Engineer specializing in Infra) and it feels like it's been all of 30 minutes. :P

The absolute coolest part of my day is when one of my team tells me that they've tried out some new tech, or learned a new way to do a thing, and they're REALLY fired up about it.
All caps, all chat, "WORTH" ;)
"...All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain..."

User avatar
thetruejaster
Sergeant
Sergeant
Posts: 137
Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:30 pm
City: Gresham
State: Oregon
Contact:

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by thetruejaster » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:34 pm

Technical Support Specialist for an EdTech company located in Beaverton, OR.

I take pride that our products focus on the youth and other education levels to help further peoples futures.

I handle team training, special projects, inbound tech chats, hands on repairs, software/firmware testing, and generally try not to x_x :psd: :boom: :burnt:
T24 Group Lead since 22
PDXLAN: 20-32ab, F18
NovLAN: 20.5, 2015-2017
VectorLAN: 5, 7, 8

Govtman
Specialist
Specialist
Posts: 40
Joined: Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:52 am
City: Salem
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Govtman » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:18 am

The below is no longer valid. I QUIT MY DAY JOB and retired. XD :D :like:


Senior Financial Reporting and Policy Analyst

Yeah, I'm not one of the "cool kid" IT folks, and I work for the State.

CPA (cut, paste, and attach) :)

I help agencies deal with the accounting issues of a smaller organization within a large organization. I help agencies do their accounting do it right, and report it at the end of the year. I do training, sometimes on specialized transactions, sometimes on new standards coming down the pike that agency staff will have to deal with. I review those standards for agency impact and suggest ways to implement them into our accounting environment. I've even dabbled in database design an usage (but only at the MS Access level for a few people) and was (dear Lord) a database administrator for the State's investment reporting and analysis system.

Mostly, I get to help people do their job to the best of their abilities. And hlep folks understand what's in the reports they get. And how to use the reports.

Oh, yeah - I'm one of the 10 folks that consolidates 90+ agency accounting records into the annual 260 page financial statement for the State. Look it up some time. XD
Last edited by Govtman on Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.
God is an iron - and that's a hot one. ~Spider Robinson~

User avatar
Nitemayr
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 15
Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:01 am
City: Tigard
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Nitemayr » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:09 am

Software Development Engineer in Test

I currently handle most of the software testing at a small startup.
It's an interesting job, and always keeps you on your toes.

I get to work from home and help make cool things better, what's not to like?
***My Case Mod Log:***
http://www.pdxlan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20885
http://www.pdxlan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16528
http://www.pdxlan.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8104
https://picasaweb.google.com/klschuff/UnderConstructionModFinals?feat=directlink

ccoelnwhack
Private First Class
Private First Class
Posts: 21
Joined: Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:36 pm
City: Hillsboro
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by ccoelnwhack » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:40 am

Technical Account Manager at a Marketing Automation Software company..Works fun, but can be stressful. Started as a Tech Support engineer, went to Senior then moved to a more Project Management type role as an TAM. I work with the larger clients we have.



I work with guys like Drunk Mexican pretty often. (Salesforce Side, Pardot's a competitor of ours)
Drunk Mexican wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:48 pm
For the last 10 years I have been working from home, for a company in Seattle that does Salesforce consulting services.....

User avatar
clamdip
Specialist
Specialist
Posts: 38
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:43 pm
City: Portland
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by clamdip » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:22 pm

I drive a 45' bucket truck for Christenson Electric.
I repair, retrofit, and replace light fixtures.

no, I wont trim your trees but I will help you hang your xmas lights ;)

Pancake
Private First Class
Private First Class
Posts: 24
Joined: Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:16 am
City: Hillsboro
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Pancake » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:01 pm

I am a property manager working alongside my wife for our company. I left Intel 3 years ago after being there for 18 years. After being a corporate drone for so many years, it is wonderful to be self employed.

User avatar
somethingcool
Specialist
Specialist
Posts: 32
Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:41 pm
City: Beaverton
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by somethingcool » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:55 pm

I'm looking for a job :cry:

ccoelnwhack
Private First Class
Private First Class
Posts: 21
Joined: Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:36 pm
City: Hillsboro
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by ccoelnwhack » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:13 am

somethingcool wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:55 pm
I'm looking for a job :cry:
What kind of work? My works hiring.. Various spots

User avatar
somethingcool
Specialist
Specialist
Posts: 32
Joined: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:41 pm
City: Beaverton
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by somethingcool » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:15 pm

ccoelnwhack wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:13 am
What kind of work? My works hiring.. Various spots
Mostly software testing and automation, sysadmin, devops type stuff.

trumby
Private
Private
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:50 pm
City: Clackamas
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by trumby » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:25 am

So many IT folks!

I work at Precision Castparts as a rework grinder/lead. The majority of my day is just tracking parts and making sure my guys are working the correct things, but I also end up working on parts too. If you know anything about metal working, I do the defect removal/weld blending. The team I work on has parts in the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 engines. If you ever fly on one of those planes, I've definitely worked on parts in your plane.

User avatar
xeromist
Chief Moderator
Chief Moderator
Posts: 82
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:20 am
City: Sacramento
State: California

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by xeromist » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:20 am

I'm a middleware administrator for CA DOT. I manage our application servers on Weblogic, Tomcat, etc.
At a bus station, a bus stops. At a train station, a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

pdXjoe
Private First Class
Private First Class
Posts: 28
Joined: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:37 pm
City: Portland
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by pdXjoe » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:54 am

20 years of stage production/stage manager, 5 years framing houses and now for 20 years, I paint stuff. :)
Last edited by pdXjoe on Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:56 am, edited 1 time in total.

Kalark
Private
Private
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:21 am
City: Kirkland
State: Washington

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Kalark » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:14 pm

i work for a software development company mainly doing SQL db and oracle application support. mostly when IT people for companies stick their hands in the db and mess stuff up i gotta go in and figure out what tables they broke and fix them lmao

User avatar
xeromist
Chief Moderator
Chief Moderator
Posts: 82
Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:20 am
City: Sacramento
State: California

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by xeromist » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:33 pm

Kalark wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:14 pm
i work for a software development company mainly doing SQL db and oracle application support. mostly when IT people for companies stick their hands in the db and mess stuff up i gotta go in and figure out what tables they broke and fix them lmao
If you feel like moving to California and living on a government salary, let me know. :D My coworker took a sudden medical retirement. :cry:
At a bus station, a bus stops. At a train station, a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

Sohcahtoa82
Private
Private
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:25 pm
City: Beaverton
State: Oregon

Re: "Dont quit your dayjob"

Post by Sohcahtoa82 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:40 pm

Application Security Engineer.

I work with other teams within the company to ensure the security of their applications and infrastructure running in the cloud, mostly in Amazon Web Services. I do static code analysis, dynamic web app scanning, and patch compliance. Occasionally, I will do penetration tests. (Yeah, yeah, go ahead and giggle at "penetration test")

I have OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) and OSWP (Offensive Security Wireless Professional) certifications, so I'm technically a certified hacker.

Post Reply