My Eleven Jobs
My friend, Vic, tagged me to tell you all what exciting things I’ve done in my life that, in return, I was paid for.
- Lawn Care Technician – Leslie, Michigan: Heh, heh…Sounds kind of impressive, huh? I worked for my dad, mowing my neighbor’s 10-acre lawn. It was a great junior high gig. This is the job that bought me my first (and only…yes, I still have it) adult bicycle.
- Page – Ingham County Library – Leslie, Michigan: This was my high school job. The local library always had one high school student, and I was it for all four of my high school years. I checked books, videos, and other media in and out, put items back on the shelf, helped with the children’s “Summer Reading Program,” etc. It was a great high school gig that paid fairly well, had great hours, and was in an air-conditioned building. This is the job that bought me my first car.
- Lab Instructor – Industrial Robotics, Industrial Engineering & Technology Dept., Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan: The Industrial Robotics class at CMU had an accompanying lab where students wrote small programs to control miniature industrial robots. I ran the lab and helped students with questions and problems. I also graded their lab sheets, and actually caught someone cheating once (they were copying someone else’s work, not coming to the labs, and turning their sheets in with a forged version of my signature)!
- Cashier / Night Manager / Slave – Hanson’s Amoco & Party Store – Barryton, Michigan: This was a great job to help pay the college expenses. I was dating the owner’s daughter at the time, so I had connections to get the job. Most of the time I ran one of the two cash registers. Some of the time, I made and served pizza or subs, stocked shelves, filled propane tanks, etc. For a short time, I was also the night manager.
- Vision Software Engineer – LRP Technology – Leslie, Michigan: This was my first career job. I worked here during summers and holiday breaks in college. I wrote programs for our primary customer (General Electric) that inspected light bulb parts during and after the manufacturing process. To my knowledge several of the systems I worked on are still in use in GE Lighting plants across the eastern U.S.
- Programmer/Analyst – F.X. Coughlin Company – Taylor, Michigan: My first job out of college. Coughlin was a transportation company that mostly served the automotive industry, and I was a member of their Application Development team. I was only there 6 months before I got the offer from GE, but it was an amazing experience.
- Systems Engineer – General Electric Company – Lexington, Kentucky: My big move away from home, and the job I was doing when I met my beautiful wife. I was the only systems person for 3 plants in Kentucky (2 in Lexington and 1 in Somerset). The thing I miss most about this job was my big office with 2 windows! I met an amazing friend there who I still keep in touch with. Hi, Linda!
- Project Leader – General Electric Company – Lexington, Kentucky: Same place, same office…just application development in addition to support.
- Team Leader – General Electric Company – Lexington, Kentucky: Same place, same office…but I had 7 plants in Kentucky, Ohio, and Canada, with 5 Systems Engineers working for me who were based in those plants.
- Senior Software Engineer – American Greetings Corporation – Danville, Kentucky: I was hired as the programmer for their greeting card sorting machines. Since then, we have added two others for a team of three programmers. We support all aspects of the software that controls the large machines that sort non-seasonal greeting cards (birthday, anniversary, sympathy, thank you, etc.). Shortly after I was hired, we launched a project to rewrite the software, and we are currently at the beginning of another rewrite to take advantage of the advances in technology.
- Asst. Order Filling Manager – American Greetings Corporation – Danville, Kentucky: A management position over the Order Filling, Packaging, Returned Goods, Computer Operations, and Order Processing departments, with 8 supervisors reporting to me and over 200 hourly employees reporting to them. This was a 13-month assignment to prepare me for operations management at American Greetings. It was, by far, the best job I’ve ever had, and I’m ready to go back whenever I get the opportunity.
Now, I’m supposed to tag some people…and I don’t follow a lot of blogs, so:
Carrie, you’re it!