Nitric acid likes hot spots around welds and that boiler isn’t boiling.
Nitric acid likes hot spots around welds and that boiler isn’t boiling.
Can’t see the snow but it’s there.
I’ve made a game plan for if I get fired sometime in the near future.
I decided I can’t stand corporate life. Everyone appears to think they’re God’s gift to the world and shits a brick when I don’t prioritize them. Love the operators and the engineering though. I just can’t stand being the liaison between corporate and the operators.
I have issues with giving 100% when I don’t give a fuck, that’s why I am putting this on “paper,” regardless of getting fired for lack of performance I am still quitting once things on my end are right. The sooner the better.
I don’t know guys, all my internships and the like were just doing engineering work. I never dealt with corporate. I learned how to be an engineer at school, not how to be a corporate cock sucker. They left the other half of the job description off the paper and I was foolish enough to take those words at face value. Silly me. Gotta go, I have a meeting in 10 minutes. Fuck this place. But don’t fuck it too hard, it’s given me the motivation to pursue my dreams.
tubetanker asked: hey, I just got a process engineering job at a pulp mill. I went to school for Electrical Engineering. Just how screwed am I?
Haha you’ll be fine unless they want you start sizing CSTRs and pipes. I suspect your value will come in PLC programming and instrumentation. Just watch out, you may find yourself becoming a glorified mechanic more than anything.
If I were in your shoes I would learn the instrumentation, see where their processes fail, and either get better/different instrumentation, or tweak what they have.
In my plant one product we make is MnO, it has a distinct green color. We know what the temperature of the effluent must be, the specific gravity of the slurry influent, and the temperature of our catalyst. These are great to fix a problem before it starts but we still have problems occasionally due to other variables. So my boss finds an industrial spectrophotometer and hooks it up to check the greenness and now we, in a very objective way, know when our MnO effluent is off grade even when everything else looks perfect.
Think outside the box and you’ll be less screwed than you think you are :)
Here I go, hope you can make it through this post.
As a kid, I always felt trapped, probably like most of us. I was told you go to school, you get your high school diploma, you go to college, you get a job, you work until you’re 65, you retire, you die. A very one track life. If I were to go off this track I will end up homeless or poor or unhappy or all three. This was drilled into my head for at least 20 years.
One thing I always did was start businesses. I never took them seriously because it wasn’t part of the mantra. I couldn’t start a business I was too young, no experience. Turns out, they were wrong, I was 14 when I registered my first business with the IRS, but it failed, mostly because of self doubt, and also because of my parent’s bitter divorce that lasted over 4 years.
Here I am now 28, I have started my 4th business, 3 unsuccessful so far. Again, like all successful people have undoubtedly encountered, I have a plethora of naysayers. This no longer affects me. As it stands now, the only thing that affects me is the belief (not that fact) that I need to keep a 9-5 and climb the corporate ladder etc… This is inconsequential as I am over coming my limiting beliefs to win at life.
I would like to describe how this transformation from needing a job to needing to own my own business occurred and what has changed in me. Firstly, when I was in high school and able to work, so 15, until I was 25 I had over 14 jobs, not including my internships in university. These were dead end jobs that I was miserable with at no later than three months of employment. Before the economy pooped out I was fine, I could jump from job to job in about 3 days, maybe 2 weeks if I were being picky, afterwords I hung on to them as long as possible.
So 2010 hits, I finally graduate university. It took 7 years of misery. I get a degree in chemical engineering, good pay out of school, and good job prospects. My first full time job that related to my degree, working for the government. Man was I miserable, so miserable in fact that after 2 weeks of employment I wanted to quit. It took me a year and a half to find a job. This wasn’t even me being picky, out of the thousands of applications I put out there, no one got back to me. I tried all sorts of resume tricks and formats.
I was so miserable that I thought the only reason I wanted to start my own business was because there was no jobs out there for me and I hated my job. Then I got my next job, process engineer at a cosmetics factory. Man I was so excited, the only thing I wanted to do was be a process engineer out of university, and I finally got my chance. I loved the people I worked with, but I absolutely hated management. They were some of the most unethical, egotistical assholes I had ever met. After 3 months I started looking for a job, even though I had planned to keep this job for 2 years before I moved on. It was a small company and I could wear many hats, if I could have stayed I would have had management experience, R&D, scale up, and many other skills that look amazing on a resume. Well I got one bite, and that’s all you need.
I told my wife, one of two things will happen. I will get this job, or I am quitting in two weeks. I am now on my 3rd company. This is still a process engineer job, but it’s far more amazing than my previous job. The shear volume of turn over on the position I have has made management soft and accommodating. This is great because I get to learn the equipment at my own pace, and become proficient. Actually everything is perfect in this job. The people are great, the hours are perfect, management is cooperative. It’s a company that gets it right. They will spend money to improve a process if needed, they get that you need to invest in some things to keep improving. It’s nothing like my last job or the government, its the actual opposite of both. No waste and no assholes. Perfect on paper, pay is great, people are great, job responsibilities are great.
Only one problem. I still want my own business. I went from the worst in the government to the worst in the private sector to perfect job bliss and still I hate my job. I hate my job because of where my passion and drive are. I am not driven to do anything in this place. Yes I am writing this post at work right now. I am driven to answer only to me. People give a fuck around here, I genuinely don’t. That’s not because of anything on anyone’s part here. I am not bitter or angry or apathetic (kinda) to all that is at this job, I just have no passion. The one thing I notice is the higher the responsibility the less fucks I give, mostly because of job related stress I bet.
Anyway, I spent these past 2.5 years researching entrepreneurs and I found this passion they have for what they do. My goal was originally to make money, tons and tons of money so I wouldn’t have to work. That’s not to say I would be on a beach all day every day, but I could volunteer at a school or build a house and not have to do anything because I need to pay bills.
Turns out, this is a terrible motivator. The passion for money, and freedom that it brings, only last so long. These entrepreneurs enjoy money I am sure, but they do what they do because being of service is what drives them. I now realize, I can not work for people, I can only work for myself, and my passion can not be acquiring wealth. Acquiring wealth must be a side effect of offering value. Offering value is something I can get behind, as long as I am offering the kind of value I deem important. Fuck, I can make money being an engineer for any company in the world.
I am working towards following my passion, my heart. I want to do something I can wake up every day and be excited to do. If I could rewind with my current knowledge, I would probably still go to school to get my engineering degree, but I would get it knowing I am going to start an engineering business.
Welp that is all. I am going home now.
Ran for 60 minutes on the treadmill with my new Salomon 3D blah blah goretex über shoe. It will be perfect for selection. The fit is perfect my feet feel great. I can’t wait :)
I move on Saturday. I will finally be able to run outdoors during the week starting June 1. I can’t wait for that either :)
Overflowing tank, sweet shot while it rained, corporate golf outting.