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

joseph hudson jhud7789 at twc.com
Wed Aug 15 21:35:06 UTC 2018

Adding on to Dave's comments about drawbacks and stuff. Before I left, the school for the blind started working with embroidery and stuff like that. Don't know how far they got on teaching the students. But I would definitely recommend looking into businesses that do this, and that way you have an idea as to how the machine works if necessary. There might even be such a place that might be willing to give you a tour of how the machine works.
> On Aug 15, 2018, at 4:25 PM, Andrews, David B (DEED) via Jobs <jobs at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> The 3D printing is a creative and clever solution.  I think it might work in some situations, but not all.
> Not to be negative -- but here are the drawbacks. It takes time to prepare the files needed to drive a 3D printer. Also, the kind of equipment you would need to do to create large, flat representations, like a blueprint model, could get expensive.  The machines we read about for a few hundred bucks do small objects, just a few inches cubed.  
> They are also slow, taking hours to do most objects.  So, for semi-permanent, or permanent objects, this might be a workable solution, but not for situations where things change rapidly or often.
> Dave
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Karen Rose via Jobs
> Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 4:08 PM
> To: mevers421 at gmail.com
> Cc: Karen Rose <rosekm at earthlink.net>; Jobs for the Blind <jobs at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [Jobs] Back from Vacation, and am now seriously looking
> Oh – fantastic idea
>> On Aug 15, 2018, at 1:11 PM, <mevers421 at gmail.com> <mevers421 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think that a 3D printer might be the way to go for him to have an 
>> accessible way to interpret blue prints.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Karen Rose via Jobs
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:47 PM
>> To: Jobs for the Blind <jobs at nfbnet.org>
>> Cc: Karen Rose <rosekm at earthlink.net>
>> Subject: Re: [Jobs] Back from Vacation, and am now seriously looking
>> 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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