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    Quote Originally Posted by Deo View Post
    Wow, that's a lot faster than I thought you could work. Doesn't it take years to build a ship? Are you Mr. Speedy Gonzalez with your deck fitting in under eight hours? How's a ship supposed to last a few years if you hustle the muscle :V ? That speed is incredible though.
    These days? Yes it does. Look at the Ford. Behind schedule, billions over budget...

    As someone who's worked with Newport News' finest for several years, I have to say, it was an incredibly unpleasant experience. Shipyard workers leave garbage and urine bottles everywhere. You find them hiding in out of the way spaces, sleeping on beds they've made out of trash bags filled with fiberglass. I had to work behind them countless times finishing their uncompleted, haphazard work. I've caught them deliberately sabotaging gear in order to stretch out overtime hours - a nice little piece of paper breaking an E-call circuit allowing them several more weeks of 'troubleshooting' until I hunted it down myself, or deliberately failing to wire a connection box until after a required deadline so they could come in on a weekend to fix it. There was on job that had been talked about in my bi-weekly meetings several times that I discovered unfinished six months later, after the crew responsible had moved over to the Lincoln and had to be shifted back to the TR in order to finish it.

    Heck, the pictures I posted in the Gratuitous Image thread, of the job I did off the fantail? It was caused by X-31 guys who cut the cable I had ran while we had scaffolding back there in order to steal my kickpipe. The repair job cost several thousands dollars because it required a tug boat to move a barge and a JLG operator to get me up there so I could open up another kickpipe and re-run the job. And on the subject of kickpipes? There are about 45 more that were left as unwelded, open holes on the catwalks that had to be fixed before our first underway period.

    Many of them are very rude, unwashed and lazy. I had one guy tell one of my junior sailors that she should do porn. I fought to have another one of them fired when he told a female sailor that he knew where she lived because he'd followed her home from the store. I suppose there's a reason most of the women who work for Huntington Ingalls are tough as nails... Although one of them, a 40-something would-be cougar worked through three guys in my division before a fourth filed an official complaint.

    And when the TR finally made it out of the yards? There's still an insane amount of unfinished, sloppy work that was supposed to be covered by their contract to repair. Yeah - I'm bitter. I worked crazy hours while I was in the yards, and I'm still working them in order to get things ready in time for Insurv.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calligraphy View Post
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    I would be lying if I didn't say that this was mostly true of the Pascagoula yard as well. Call me asshole, but I would describe about half the work force as pieces of shit. We have a lot of theft and a lot thuggery out in the yard; people are constantly trying to lie about work hours and tool theft is unfortunately common. We also have cliques and shit out here like its highschool and unfortunately they're based on race; we got the whites, the browns, and the blacks ;/.

    I also never been that comfortable, because even though I am pretty butch and I sound like I belong in a Zatarain's commercial, I am as gay as the day is schlong and the amount of homophobic remarks that are slung around is incredibly unnerving. I had a little incident where I was ready to place a T-beam that I had cut to an overhead deck and although I am not supposed to lift weight above 50 lbs myself, my partner went AWOL and I couldn't find his ass. I didn't want to waste any more time so I went ahead and just lifted the beam with my off hand and I proceeded to tack weld the piece into place. Being the goober that I am I accidentally got some slag on my wrist and it went through my burning shirt, and I the dropped the piece to check on my wrist. Normally I would just walk it off, but my partner was watching as I dropped piece and being the prince charming that he is, said, "Beam too heavy princess, ya some kind of faggot?" I don't know, I guess I was angry I dropped the piece and I was not in the mood, but I just went off and whipped out 'Fuck You" as quick I could, it was almost automatic. I also probably shouldn't repeat was what else I said here :/. But, I am just constantly bombarded with this shit. I tell my supervisors about the theft and racial slurs, but it usually goes unnoticed and unpunished.

    But you're right most of the women out in the yard at tough as nail and I know (I've seen it) they get shit slung on them all the time. I try not to take to heart but its hard sometimes. I do like the work and although we have a lot a trash, I say we do have an equal amount of talented, wonderful people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranguvar View Post
    Bad experiences.
    I'm really sorry that happened to you. No one should have to work with hate and cruelty, and I really hate the fact that your environment isn't changing with reports. Homophobia is such an ugly thing, and unfortunately, I think it will always be with us.

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    I do data entry for a medical clinic. It's part of the tedium necessary to switch to fully electronic health records, and the pay is nice. I get to see specialists for free and even got some free physical therapy. It's like living in a real country.

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    I'm currently a student of Applied Linguistics (English - Spanish - Dutch being the languages I study) And I hope to either train to be an interpretor or a translator.
    And if all that fails, I can always tack on an extra year of teacher-training and go stand in front of a class. c:

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    I'm in my final year of of university studying Popular Music and Music Technology. I'm currently working in retail also but hopefully not much longer.

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    I do extremely complex and interesting science in a microbiology lab.

    Not really. I run an autoclave and assist with assay data in a microbiology lab
    Watch me swooce right in.

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    i'm a postal worker. a lot of people think that means that i bring them their mail but, no, i don't. i work in the plant sorting the mail for someone else to deliver it.

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    At the moment I don't have a job, but I'm hoping to become a veterinary technician. Originally I wanted to be a vet, but then I decided to be a vet tech instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unburnt Daenerys View Post
    I do data entry for a medical clinic. It's part of the tedium necessary to switch to fully electronic health records, and the pay is nice. I get to see specialists for free and even got some free physical therapy. It's like living in a real country.
    You mean you just get healthcare whenever you need it? Filthy commie. >:C

    please excuse me while i go cry into my thousands of dollars of medical debt

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrockangel View Post
    I'm currently a student of Applied Linguistics (English - Spanish - Dutch being the languages I study) And I hope to either train to be an interpretor or a translator.
    And if all that fails, I can always tack on an extra year of teacher-training and go stand in front of a class. c:
    That's really cool! And do you mean, like, a college/university class, or primary/secondary education?

    Quote Originally Posted by sassySloth View Post
    Not really. I run an autoclave and assist with assay data in a microbiology lab
    "Assay" data? I had to go look up a word, and I'm now only mostly sure I know what it means. >.>

    Quote Originally Posted by Lavence View Post
    At the moment I don't have a job, but I'm hoping to become a veterinary technician. Originally I wanted to be a vet, but then I decided to be a vet tech instead.
    Ooh fancy! Any reason for the change?

    I've considered something of the like before, as I apparently do not mind being scratched/bitten/barfed on by various animals, though I think I'd do less well with distraught owners. :[
    Formerly gorgonops. I do art-type stuff.

 

 

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