Tuesday, October 23, 2007

My employment, the early ages

So I was thinking of what to blog, my mind running in circles trying to find something of significance in my mundane (yet very satisfying) life and decided to write about my job. However, like any good story, the stage has to be set. To know where someone is going, you have to look where they have been. I will exclude my teenage years since they are somewhat meaningless to today.

My first true job was the Navy. At the ripe age of 19 I enlisted as an Electronic Technician (ET). I figured out boot camp pretty quickly: be invisible. That was easy. Once boot camp completed, I immediately started training as an ET. The Navy has a fantastic training program. I knew absolutely nothing about electronics and within 6 months I could design, analyze, troubleshoot and understand complex circuits. They started by explaining basic theory (ohm's law, current flow, potential, etc) then progressed through all electronic components, such as resistors, cap's, coil's, diodes, etc. Circuits started making sense. I could look at a circuit and tell signal flow, filtering, gain and all the other stuff that was going on. Amazing. That was phase 1 of the training (with 2 remaining). The next phase is referred to as "A" school...to be continued.


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