December 06, 2005

Another Stupid Elevator Post.

I know, I know. It's all I ever talk about. "Elevator-elevator-elevator." Well, I'm passionate about what I do, and if you're not, you should just get another gig, and keep on getting them, until you are! Ahem...

I don't know if you've ever had to be a manager or anything like that, but if you have, let me tell you that being a Lead Mechanic is completely different from that. Sure, I've got to try to keep my Helper busy, but I've also got to be an engineer, electrician, and a fabricator. Every aspect of this job is my responsibility. It's gotta be done in a timely fashion, and it's gotta be right.

This is way different for me than what I've been through in the past year. Working as a helper for the older dog's was a great experience, but now I don't have them to lean on. With them, they were surprised that I actually wanted to work, and was capable of doing things right without them over my shoulder. I always knew they were there though, in case I got into something that was over my head. No more. There's been so many cases where my mechanic did something on every job, that I've not had to experience them yet. Now I do, and I've got to figure it out for myself.

Don't get me wrong here, I'm not complaining in the least. Since my helper is a chowderhead, I've got to think of pretty much everything. If I miss it the first time, I've got to go back and redo it. This has forced me to learn so much that it's almost scary. I thought I knew what I was doing before, but without my safety net, I'm being forced to learn the rest... With a helper who cannot read a tape measure properly. I'm just Loving It.

I stopped by the shop this evening (to get my money back for some supplies I'd purchased) and I stuck my head into the Bosses office to show the flag. We had a quick conversation that included a statement of "I want to be able to say: "Here's a van, here's your tools" and for you to be able to go out with a helper from WorkForce and build an elevator." I'm not trying to get my hopes up, but as I walked into the building, I noted that there was a brand new set of DeWalt 18 Volt cordless tools that the Warehouse Man was toying with. There's also a brand new van sitting in the parking lot with new stickers on it.

Here's Hopin'.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at December 6, 2005 11:08 PM | TrackBack

There's nothing wrong with being passionate about your job, I remember when I was.

BTW. I hope the van and tools are for you.

Posted by: Contagion at December 7, 2005 09:12 AM

If it's yours... I'm sure you'll be droppin' cash for the spinner rims and angel hair soon. And why would an elevator man have a van without hydrolics?

Posted by: Tuck at December 8, 2005 07:43 PM

OO! Tools! :-)

Posted by: Harvey at December 10, 2005 04:15 PM