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Title: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: DavidChipman on Jul 06, 2013, 05:45 pm
Hi there,

I summed up my question in the title, I'd just like to hear what people do for a living (assuming that their use of Arduino is mostly a hobby), or if they're out of work or a student. I hope people don't mind. I'm studying Computer Engineering, BTW. Thank you,

-David
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: retrolefty on Jul 06, 2013, 05:54 pm

Hi there,

I summed up my question in the title, I'd just like to hear what people do for a living (assuming that their use of Arduino is mostly a hobby), or if they're out of work or a student. I hope people don't mind. I'm studying Computer Engineering, BTW. Thank you,

-David


Well being happily retired, this is my day job.  ;)

Lefty
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: cr0sh on Jul 06, 2013, 08:23 pm

I summed up my question in the title, I'd just like to hear what people do for a living (assuming that their use of Arduino is mostly a hobby), or if they're out of work or a student. I hope people don't mind. I'm studying Computer Engineering, BTW. Thank you,


I consider myself a professional software developer - give me problem to solve, stick me in front of a computer, and I will come up with a solution.

Currently, I am employed as a LAMP web developer in the marketing department for an international manufacturing corporation.

I started my first software development job about 9 months out of high school. I don't have a college degree, though I wish I did - but at 40 years of age with a mortgage, that isn't likely to happen. A lack of a college degree hasn't stopped me in my career advancement, though (I do have a technical school associates degree in computer electronics - for what its worth).
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: robtillaart on Jul 06, 2013, 08:38 pm
Since my school days I work in the R&D of international high tech companies in a multidisciplinary team primary as software developer and also some market study, electronics, sensors, physics, and even some chemistry.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: CrossRoads on Jul 06, 2013, 11:06 pm
I've been a hardware designer, down at the chip level, for high speed memory systems.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: MichaelMeissner on Jul 07, 2013, 02:59 am
I've been working on the GCC compiler since 1988 (with 2 years off at other compiler companies).  I'm at IBM, and currently, I and others on my team are adding support for the future power8 processor.  I've lost track of the random processors I have worked on over the years, but I have worked on powerpc, x86, MIPS, cell, ns32k, FR-V, Motorola 88000, and others.

Note, while I work on GCC for my day job, I don't do anything with the AVR or ARM ports used in Arduino builds, other than when I worked on the cell, I added some infrastructure that is used by the latest releases for AVR PROGMEM support (but the Arduino releases, don't yet use that compiler).

If you need something fixed, go through official channels to report the bug (and of course, get the Arduino team to upgrade to a newer compiler that has the fix).  What I do on Arduino/Teensy/Rasberry PI is strictly hobby and for fun.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: Osgeld on Jul 07, 2013, 05:03 am
My title is "Engineering Technician", I work for a smallish electronics company making prototypes (and fixing designs), running validation tests, gathering statical data, operating the lab machinery, and designing test fixtures for the production lines.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: cr0sh on Jul 07, 2013, 09:08 am

I've been working on the GCC compiler since 1988


You know, when you first popped into this forum, I thought your name seemed familiar - I'm not sure that this (GCC) is where I am placing it from, but maybe? Cool either way! :D
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: AWOL on Jul 09, 2013, 09:04 am
Florist.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: MichaelMeissner on Jul 09, 2013, 02:34 pm


I've been working on the GCC compiler since 1988


You know, when you first popped into this forum, I thought your name seemed familiar - I'm not sure that this (GCC) is where I am placing it from, but maybe? Cool either way! :D

In the past, I also have contributed to the Olympus photography forums (dpreview.com, fourthirdsphoto.com, 43rumors.com).  For various reasons, I tend to lurk there a lot more frequently than posting currently than I did in the past.  I also have posted at some of the camera equipment forums for triggertrap, capture clip, etc.

Or maybe you remember me from various renaissance faire/steampunk facebook groups.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: rsk22 on Jul 11, 2013, 01:06 am
Basket weaver...just kidding.  ;)

I am an aerospace engineer employed by the USAF.  I really like the Arduino and other related DIY products since it is one of my few opportunities to actually have hands-on engineering.  My job as an engineer is more hands-off and is more closely related to a program manager. 
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: mmcp42 on Jul 11, 2013, 05:06 pm
software designer specialising in databases
qualified in electronics "a while back"
I remember the discussions in the learned press (none of this forum rubbish in them days) about whether transistors would ever catch on :)
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: N_Tesla on Jul 12, 2013, 03:45 am
Theoretical physics student. Just entered grad school though.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: TheKitty on Jul 13, 2013, 03:48 pm
http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/seo
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: graynomad on Jul 13, 2013, 05:01 pm
Kicked out of high school aged 17, never went back to an institution of learning (or any other type of institution for that matter unless you count a night in the Townsville watch house).

Travelled around and lived in various parts of Oz and the world for about 9 years, during which time I was a photographer and darkroom technician for the most part, working in London, Perth, Canberra and for a New York stock agency. But I also worked at whatever was necessary to get by, garbage man (in the days when you ran behind the truck), barman (in a rough pub on the docks), plumber, labourer, carpenter, safe-hand diplomatic bag courier, golf course groundsman, clerk, farm hand etc etc.

Then met my missus while I was photographing wildlife in Kenya and had to settle down. Actually I didn't "have" to but was a bit tired of owning nothing but a backpack and a $100 car and having my cameras in the pawn shop.

Got interested in electronics circa 1980, got a job based on some schematics, lots of enthusiasm and some BS and learnt as I went. Moved into embedded processors soon after, had a product on the market (EPROM emulator), worked as a SW/HW engineer for Prime computer's comms R&D section, SW engineer for SPL on the SSANAME product (which you've never heard of but your immigration/police/taxman probably has) and twice as SW/HW engineer for a small company you've never heard of. Inventer of the year in my state at one point. Started getting back into photography in the 90s. Ran landscape workshops and owned a small gallery from which I sold my large-format (5x4" negs) B&W prints. Was represented by the same poster company that handled Ansel Adams posters.

Retired at 45, built a large motorhome on a 6x6 Army truck, sold everything and hit the road.

That was 14 years ago, been travelling around Oz pretty much ever since, occupying myself photographing wildlife and writing articles for photo magazines. Then about 3 years ago felt the urge to get back into embedded electronics and did so.

These days I just tinker with stuff but lately have been doing some contract circuit and PCB design work plus I just finished an Arduino  driver library for a company.

Apart from that naff all really. Man where does the time go?

_____
Rob

Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: Osgeld on Jul 13, 2013, 07:50 pm

http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/seo


heh SEO is also those jerkwads that spam your blog 150 times an hour telling you how great your post was but they could make you #1 on google if you only provide credit information
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: TheKitty on Jul 13, 2013, 10:55 pm
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heh SEO is also those jerkwads that spam your blog 150 times an hour telling you how great your post was but they could make you #1 on google if you only provide credit information
Different SEO
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: 1ChicagoDave on Jul 15, 2013, 06:27 am
Photographer, carpenter, recently back-to-school student, artist, consultant, actor.....  avid problem-solver.

We had a "TRS-80 Model 1" in my house when I was born (1970's). I remember writing & playing games in BASIC (and saving/loading them with a cassette tape recorder!) before I was 6. Ha...the Arduino UNO has more memory in that single chip than that TRS-80 had with a pizza-box sized expansion chassis attached! Built my first 3 PC's myself (8088, 8086...monochrome monitors..5 MB HDD....yes, 'MegaByte')
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: boguz on Jul 19, 2013, 08:04 am
I finished my studies as a Music Composer (like "classical music"...), about 10 years ago. I have worked a couple of years as a Music Theory Teacher but then decided to go abroad for one year and do some volunteer work.
I ended up living and working on a Camphill Community with people with special needs (mostly Down Syndrom and Autism) and i LOOOOVED it.
So i stayed for some years.
During this time i also worked in several projects as a composer (just for the fun of it!), like this one:
The Four Elements (i wrote the music and worked on the performances)
http://4elements.netai.net/

Meanwhile i met "the woman of my dreams" and i moved once again to a new country: Germany.
Now i am thinking about going next year again to study. I'm thinking about Interactive Media Design...  any ideas about it?
Something to do with electronics would also be nice, but i'm not sure i have the required baggage to do it.


Hmmm, day job? Dreamer!   8)
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: liuzengqiang on Jul 24, 2013, 07:53 am
I teach physics. Been doing that for a little over a decade now. Arduino brought me to electronics and open source hardware. All that age-old C knowledge became useful (too bad x86 assembly wasn't useful). I write arduino libraries, design and sell shields and modules, do projects (hobby based, open source physics lab platform or just paid software/hardware work). College kids should learn with arduino if they want to be future scientists or engineers.

As for cr0sh, I bet colleges in your great state may also accept life experience for credits as in my great state (even at some discounted rate) and rubber stamp you if you write them a check. College degrees decades ago were golden tickets to a good job/life but now is not much more than a receipt of payment, unless your resume says more than just paying tuition.

Oh, by the way, I didn't find Arduino. It found me. An art professor introduced me to Arduino out of the blue.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: RamJam on Jul 24, 2013, 02:13 pm
I have Asperger's syndrome and am unable to secure employment. There are so few companies that will employ anyone with a disability, especialy where I live, that the only way I can would be through finding self employment which is easier said than done.  So I spend all my time working on my Magic Candle project with the aim of producing a product which can be manufactured with limited resources, by a social firm for example, which employs people with disabilities.

Instead of basket weaving, quite frankly I'd rather live in a cardboard box than be sentenced to such derogatory futility as that and the other dehumanising schemes that do gooders have up and running for the disabled. So electronics, design and production it is for me.

So I'm working on how to start a social firm without a start up budget. The magic candle project would be the first product to be produced and sold. This kind of employment for people in my situation would mean opportunity to develop skills, as well as work experience and hopefully salary too  :)
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: robtillaart on Jul 24, 2013, 03:20 pm
@RamJam
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So I'm working on how to start a social firm without a start up budget.

Have you thought about using KickStarter or similar sites for your company?
Make sure you get the marketing right ;)
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: nickgammon on Jul 25, 2013, 06:31 am
I'm retired now. I used to be a programmer as you can probably tell from my posts. :)

I also dabbled in electronics when I was young (a while ago now) and made some amplifiers using 6GW8 valves (the name sticks in my memory for some reason). Of course a lot has changed since then, and now I'm interested in understanding the theory better.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: wizdum on Jul 25, 2013, 08:42 am
I worked construction for quite a few years, got comfortable with the job security right before being laid off when the housing market crashed. Now i'm a full time student (Computer Info. Systems) and part time small business owner.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: flyboy on Jul 25, 2013, 06:10 pm
I provide technical support to our distributors for residential thermostats we manufacture.  I work for a large HVAC manufacturer in the USA.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: carverhill on Jul 26, 2013, 08:16 pm
I'm a systems developer by day who's just starting out in the Arduino world. Only a single project under my belt so far, quite a simple one in design terms but has given me the bug so want to learn more!
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: jack wp on Jul 26, 2013, 08:34 pm
Retired;

built my first computer in (about 1974), a mark-8 based on the 8008 CPU, worlds first 8 but CPU.
Love working with electronics (I can't keep up with all the new inovations). Lots of fun working with the arduino, and its community.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: 3dprinter on Jul 26, 2013, 09:55 pm
I work at a company where you can make up your own title - so I decided to call my self Senior Principal Master Consultant (if you're over 50 the company demands you include the word Senior). People who hire me (or "someone" from our company) know they'll get a decent bit of expertise in Oracle Databases and related system stuff. I've been in to computers since ... ehr ... late seventies. Assembly programming, system management, and a decade or two of this database stuff.

Electronics? I dabbled with as young, never quite got the hang of it (did manage to burn of a few 7400-chips) - did manage to get enough of a transistor circuit to work to drive a small electric motor with the SC/MP chip/board controlled by a switch. (Thinking about it, that was a true for-runner for the Arduino - a small development board for the hobbyist, a few IO lines. As no-one had computers to compile&download, the board had a small Hexkeypad & 8 digit display where you could manually enter/examine memory - ie you programmed it direct in HEX.) Then a total pause from electronics until a few years ago when I discovered a local Hackerspace.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: nickgammon on Jul 26, 2013, 11:54 pm

(if you're over 50 the company demands you include the word Senior).


I hope if you are under 50 you have to include the word Junior. ;)
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: 1ChicagoDave on Jul 27, 2013, 12:23 am

I worked construction for quite a few years, got comfortable with the job security right before being laid off when the housing market crashed. Now i'm a full time student (Computer Info. Systems) and part time small business owner.


Yup!  My story too...
Except for the major. I'm finishing up my engineering degree. School in my 30's is MUCH different than when I was 18!
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: KrazeyNKrusty on Jul 28, 2013, 09:43 am
I turn computers off and back on.

Job title is Senior Field Services Officer.  My organisation has been through a demerger, a 3-into-1 merger, a restructure and a second restructure in 5 years.  So from being a capable IT support manager, I now find my self overpaid and under utilised. One of my clients summed me up by saying I "Reboot a machine and if that doesn't work, I re-install an application and if that doesn't work, I re-image a machine and if that doesn't work, I replace the machine". In a restructure some people win, some people loose.  I have been lucky - I still have a job. Toss of the coin really.

Back in the days when I had stressful workloads, managing staff and customers and deadlines and unrealistic senior management, I would have longed for the job I have now.  Now I long for a job that makes me think.  A challenge.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: Osgeld on Jul 28, 2013, 10:04 am
on the flip side of that coin, as an an IT professional before IT professionals I recently had my work laptop take a dump

I knew what needed to be done, a week after I got it the roof leaked, dumped a ton of water into it while in sleep mode, blew out a USB port where I had a mouse plugged in

anyway flash forward a year later and the darn thing wont boot, I do the usual win7 restore / recovery process, I run the restore disk to put it back to factory (after backing my crap up) and still no go, booted linux off a cd ran for a week until I could get to a stopping point, with a billion smart errors.

send it to IT, and they do  generic install of win7 pro, missing my copy of office, so I have to purchace a new full copy of 2013 get set all back up darn well knowing that the hard drive was toast and surprise

3 weeks later my computer wont fkin boot, the beyond boot n restore guys are seriously lacking in this day and age and I am sick of doing their job as well as mine
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: wizdum on Jul 29, 2013, 04:39 am

on the flip side of that coin, as an an IT professional before IT professionals I recently had my work laptop take a dump

I knew what needed to be done, a week after I got it the roof leaked, dumped a ton of water into it while in sleep mode, blew out a USB port where I had a mouse plugged in

anyway flash forward a year later and the darn thing wont boot, I do the usual win7 restore / recovery process, I run the restore disk to put it back to factory (after backing my crap up) and still no go, booted linux off a cd ran for a week until I could get to a stopping point, with a billion smart errors.

send it to IT, and they do  generic install of win7 pro, missing my copy of office, so I have to purchace a new full copy of 2013 get set all back up darn well knowing that the hard drive was toast and surprise

3 weeks later my computer wont fkin boot, the beyond boot n restore guys are seriously lacking in this day and age and I am sick of doing their job as well as mine


I prefer the "nuke and repave" method. I did work for a school that was set up like this on purpose though, and it worked quite well. All the machines were simple LTSP terminals. Trying to troubleshoot a specific machine made no sense when you could just grab another one out of the warehouse of machines we had and swap it out. Someone might attempt to go through the "bad" pile and fix them on a really slow day, but it wasn't really worth it.

Also, where do you work where they don't image machines? Who installs fresh copies of windows in a corporate environment, lol.

Everything is built so cheaply now, its almost never cost effective to try to repair something.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: sbright33 on Jul 29, 2013, 09:31 pm
Worked for Ford, Merck, Taco Bell.  Apple Assembly.  Oracle in the 80's.  Racing performance software for motorcycles.  Involved in the first Virus.  Wrote the Taco Bell drive thru software using 1985 embedded C recently.  If you eat at Taco Bell you've used my code!
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: Pedro147 on Jul 30, 2013, 03:30 am
I did not know what to do when I left school in 1972, so I became a Motor Mechanic  Bad decision, I hate grease  XD I have also worked in the Australian Public service Defence and Taxation dept's, Electricity Authority trainee linesman (yeah like that Glen Campbell song "I am a linesman for the county")
I always had an interest in electronics as my father was an Electronics Engineer in the RAAF. Growing up there was always a cro and signal generator lying around in the workshop. When I finally got my first computer in 2007 and then soon after got online and came across Arduino, I thought I have got to get me one of those and here I am.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: mkrumpus on Aug 01, 2013, 04:55 pm
I've been a systems architect at a large American bank for many years.  I design large systems, set technology strategy, research new technologies, build prototypes, etc.  Earlier in my career I did microkernel design/coding in the defense industry.  I'm in my mid-forties, have bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science.  Started learning about electronics a few years ago which opened up a whole new world for me (thank you Arduino!), and built a small company selling my own Arduino shields and Arduino-based products (http://nootropicdesign.com (http://nootropicdesign.com)).  In short, Arduino has been a very disruptive force in my life (in a good way!).  Five years ago, I NEVER would have guessed I'd be doing this.
Title: Re: What are people's "Day Jobs" on here?
Post by: sbright33 on Aug 09, 2013, 04:20 pm
@nootropic- Same with me.  Never would have guessed.  Arduino and Imp.  No more big companies accounting software for me!