[Jobs] Back from Vacation, and am now seriously looking

Karen Rose rosekm at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 15 19:46:30 UTC 2018

I think it is fantastic that you won the blue ribbon! Smile I do know that at some of the NFB centers there is wood shop training in that blind people are using power tools at all levels. Actually it sounds like it would be a great teacher for such. :-) Unfortunately I know almost nothing about the type of industry that you are moving toward. I wonder if there could be a way of emailing the electronic version of blueprints to braille printer which would provide the blueprints for you in raised line drawings? Karen

> On Aug 15, 2018, at 12:38 PM, Dave via Jobs <jobs at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello Karen,
> I live in Seattle, and there are many AeroSpace Companies in the area. 
> Some small and a few, not so small.
> I would like to work at a smaller company, although, there are some
> benefits working for a large one.
> Smaller is better, at least for me, since in a smaller group, I can sell
> myself better, and I won't be just another Employee with a Number.  
> As for knowing what other jobs my current skills would transfer over to,
> this is one of my larger questions.  
> There are a Ton of jobs out there, and most of them, frankly, I have
> never heard of before, let alone, know what requirements they may demand
> in order to do them.  
> One of my other skill sets is that I am very Mechanically inclined.  
> I have used Hand and Power Tools since I was a kid, and can usually put
> together the average piece of Furniture, or Kids Toy, or even stuff more
> complicated.  
> I inherited my Grandfather's Wood Shop, and one of the things I did
> after losing my sight was to spend time in the Shop making stuff.  This
> freaked everyone out, and rightly so.  they thought I would cut off a
> hand or finger etc.  But, I knew how to use those tools, and had been
> doing so for years before losing mys sight.  I know the Blade is sharp
> and what danger it comes with.  I started making stuff, and ended up
> entering items in the local Country fair, and actually won A Blue Ribbon
> for an item I had done on the Wood lathe.  And it was a real Self Esteem
> booster, as I was competing with everyone, and not just in a Sub Class
> of folks with some kind of disability.  The Judges never knew the item
> they awarded the Blue Ribbon was made by a blind guy.
> Today, the shop is gone, had to move, and when moving, sometimes you
> need to get rid of a few things.  
> I still have a lathe and a few other tools.  My wife loves to give Gifts,
> and she will ask me to Turn a Writing Pen for her to give to someone
> every once in a while, but my Wood crafting talents are put aside for
> the time being.  
> My first job after moving to Seattle was doing the Lathe work for a
> Cabinet Shop that did all kinds of Kitchen Cabinetry, some of it quite
> fancy.  
> To get back on topic-
> I was looking for work as some sort of Assembler.  There are different
> levels of Assembly work.  
> When it comes to the Aerospace jobs, they have some nice paying jobs
> putting together all kinds of Avionics gear.  this is where there is a
> requirement to read Blueprints, Schematics and more.   And almost all
> Assembly jobs seem to require at least the ability to read Blueprints,
> and written instructions.  
> Now, from my past experiences, it isn't always required to read the
> Blueprint because you already know what the tolerances are, or are
> expected, as well as any other changes that need to be considered.  
> but, there is that time when I will need to know what the Blueprint is
> asking me to do.  So then what?   This is where I find the small Group
> working conditions a bit easier, since I will establish semi-friendships,
> where we end up helping each other, and to have Tom, Dick, or Mary take
> a couple of minutes to update me on the changes in the "Blueprint isn't
> a Big deal.  
> However, if I am just another employee, and everyone else just keeps
> their heads down and does their own work, and rarely helps another, then
> not being able to read the Blueprint would be an obstacle.  Not an
> insurmountable one, but one that will need a solution.  
> Grumpy Dave
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