3000 Series Plasma
Having been one of the last genera-
tions of skilled machinists, I always
felt I could work anytime and never
have a problem finding work. Quite
to the contrary.
CATOR, January 2007, p. 32]. I
found the article very fundamen-
tal, yet interesting, while also
remaining useful for even a sea-
soned engineer. It reminded me of
a discussion I had with my high
school drafting teacher on a return
visit to my school—where I was
taught manual drafting, but no les-
sons on tolerancing practices.
Thanks for the wise words.
Even with all of my manufactur-
ing skills and fabricating knowledge,
my age ( 60) is a stumbling block,
although no one will admit it
because of age discrimination issues.
At this point in my career and stage
in life, money is not even an issue.
All I want to do is share and use the
40-odd years of knowledge I have
So, when you write about the
shortage of skilled labor and feel
sorry for the industry, recall that
skilled people are out there, but
nobody wants us—not even the
remotest interest because 40 years
A Fan From Down Under
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Could you let me know, please?
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of experience relates to 60 years of
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