Grazier/Farmer & Investment & Real estate interests both here in Aust and France
Just wondering what everyone does for a living?
I work as a PC Support Officer and look after a largish site of around 1200 PCs.
Grazier/Farmer & Investment & Real estate interests both here in Aust and France
I work from home fulltime as a business analyst for an international IT company.
Good life style and ready access to great coffee! ;D
I work full time for a large manufacturing company.
My job title seems to change every year or so, but the work I do stays the same. I call myself an Analyst/Programmer. My boss currently calls me a "Technical Consultant" (amongst other things).
I have to survive my time at work with my single cup plunger with my own coffee. They have a drip filter thing here plus something they call instant coffee. I understand the words instant and coffee, just not together!
Have the luxury (??) of working from home. Upload all of my work via DSL and a Nortel Contivity VPN to an off-site server.
Affords me all the coffee I can drink due to the fact that Ms Silvia is only about 10 steps away in the kitchen. No lunchtime because S/O has me doing all the mister-mum stuff :-/
Also lets me keep a pretty good track of CS which is good ;D
Multimedia teacher and developer. Some IT consultancy for mainly education clients.
The TAFE I work at runs a commercial coffee course with a couple of Boemas but the teachers didnt even know what a tamper was :(
Ah, hence those "developer disposal" bags that we have seen beans arrive in ;)Originally Posted by CoffeeSnobs link=1101300190/0#1 date=1101300607
Me, personally, Im the "IT Infrastructure Manager" for a legal firm, have a team of 10 to support our phone system, network, server, and email systems.
Im a reformed Science Teacher *:). I presently have part ownership in two cafes. I do some sessional barista training for William Angliss Coffee Academy and I consult to people setting up cafes....
I work for a bureaucracy, which, while it embraces change, never stops changing long enough to re-establish a base line. Kind of like working in a cyclone, when every now and then there is an eerie calm, which means the storm front isnt that far away....
I move around the country every now and then filling roles as required. At the moment Im in Melbourne teaching short courses.
Might be off to Canberra next year, fingers crossed. Not cause I love Canberra or dislike Melbourne, but because it will be a pay rise!!
Air Traffic Controller.... the source of my coffee addiction. Used to drink a lot of coffee, but I drink a lot of Unleaded/Decaf now..... Try staying laid back and relaxed when youve drunk a couple of cups of super...... Nobody wants a wired controller looking after their flight.
Hmmm... not 100% sure, but I think I might work for the same bureacracy that Boris speaks of.... But it doesnt taste as bitter to me..... maybe I like a stronger roast?
EMC Engineer with a big aircraft company.
I qualified as an Optometrist but over the last few years have reduced my clinical work to concentrate on strategic and management issues.
I own a small chain of Optometrist/Optical retail outlets located in shopping centres in Melbournes eastern suburbs. Have a staff of about 40 and we prescribe and supply glasses, contact lenses, sunglasses etc
After work look forward to firing up the Mazzer and ECM Venezianno to try out my latest HG roast :)
One time Engineering/Maintenance Manager for a large Mining/Mineral Processing Corporation. After nearly ten years of 12-14 Hr work days in very highly demanding conditions, suffered a series of strokes so now living a semi-retired lifestyle providing business management consultancy from home.
Likewise, my coffee equipment is but a few steps away from my workstation and has become a close ally to maintaining sanity and perspective.
Me, Im a programmer.
Converting the office right now is my major project.... and now weve got an electric stovetop on our desk its looking good.
Nothing. Both retired. ;D
Maybe you do nothing for a crust, but I know if My wife and I were retired, shed keep me employed full time around the house and yard.
Telstra? I used to work for them. They were always in the process of change and stuffed it all up every time.Originally Posted by Boris link=1113143680/0#9 date=1104132008
Im a young fella - I work as a Youth Minister at All Saints Anglican Church, North Epping, and sort of assistant chaplain (in the words of the principal, its an evolving role) at Arden Anglican School, in the Secondary Campus.
A day or so of my work happens at home, so theres plenty of opportunity for espresso-breaks ... otherwise at school, theres frozen supermarket coffee and plungers, or a bookstore with good equipment, but no skills.
Work at church is a great opportunity to evangelise the senior minister and childrens minister ... to good espresso and home roasting! Im working on them ...
Test Manager for a large Multinational manufacture in the Power industry.
I run the largest test laboratory in this part of the world.
Primary role is testing distrubution, small & large power transformers with rating from a few KVA @ a few volts to 1125MVA 400kV.
Heres a pic of one our larger units
My favorite toys produce voltages up to 2MV and can supply thousands on amps.
Basically I love to tinker and this has extended into my coffee habits.
Testing = long and odd hours = coffee mmmmm coffeee
now I know what the HV stands for! :)
mmmmm....mega-volt mega-amp mega-coffee roaster, from green to carbon in nanoseconds.
Hi Craig,Test Manager for a large Multinational manufacture in the Power industry.
Which manufacturer are you actually talking about here? In another life (like about 35 years ago), I used to work in the Test Dept. of GEC out at Rocklea and really enjoyed the experience.
Originally Posted by Mal link=1113143680/15#21 date=1122477243
Well its really a small world. :o
Ive heard of you, all good things.
Yep I work for AREVA-TD, previously ALSTOM, GEC ALSTHOM, GEC, English Electric.
Want to come back testing? I have a couple of positions free? ;) very hard to find people these days...... :(
I suppose old Len was in charge back then?
he is now long retired and so is Roy Hood.
Who was in Test when you were @ GEC?
Vince Miller, Bruce Turner, Ray holzheimer, Terry Priest ? there are so many over the years.
THe place has changed allot since your days mainly over the last say 9yrs.
Next time your in Bris, Drop me a line and a give you a tour.
Hi Craig,Originally Posted by HV_MAN link=1113143680/15#22 date=1122480699
Yep, it sure is a small world and some of the names you mention do take me back. Len "The Boy" Milliken was in charge back then with Roy looking after the Impulse section. Really enjoyed my time with GEC (as it was back then) and learned a hell of a lot. I cant remember all of the names from when I was there but aside from Vince and the others you mention, there was an Ian Cambell, Eric Fisher and a Bob (cant remember his surname) and of course, Ol Bill trying to keep hold of the reins.
I just might take you up on the offer of a tour through the old place one day. I dont get into Brisbane all that often anymore but if I know that Im going to be heading in that way, Ill give you a call for sure. Catch up with you one day Craig,
Im a chef at a seafood restaurant. Nuff said.
Mmmmm,Originally Posted by nunu link=1113143680/15#24 date=1123070539
Seafood prepared in all sorts of culinary delightful ways.... Bliss!
Welcome to CoffeeSnobs nunu, hope you enjoy your stay with us and if youre quick, you might even be able to get in on the current bean poll here... http://tinyurl.com/cbqc5 . Some nice beans to be had ;). All the best and catch you in the forum,
Delightful ways...Our chef says, "when its black, its done." (j/k ofc)
The restaurant has been doing the same thing for over 20 years, no menu changes, etc. Basically we cook things 5 ways...Chargrill, under the salamander(grill), panfry, baked in foil(en papillotte, one dish only), and deep fry(crumbed). The sauces are simple like mornay/bechamel, mueniere(butter/lemon juice spread on the finished product), and veloute based sauces. While the terminology may seem a bit confounding to laypeople, the techniques are very simple from a cookery standpoint. The cuisine is continental style, and not very innovative.
Id much rather work in a place that is at least somewhat innovative, or willing to try new cookery methods, or different ingredients. But, the pay is decent and its close to home (less than 15 mins drive).
Sounds like its suiting the purpose for the time being though, and thats got to be a good thing :D,
I tell train drivers where to go. *They start and stop em. *I steer em.
Im a signaller on the railways but was previously Marine Manager in the international side of *Telstra dealing with matters marine in relation to the repair and protection of submarine communications cables.
Wow! This would be a great job back in the Steam Age, but I spose big Diesels are not a bad second ;D ,
Ahhh... so thats YOUR big train set that I see all over the country.
I bet is a monster sized bakelite transformer that makes all those work. ;)
Graphic Artist during the day, Musician at night.
I work for a printing franchise. 3 Guesses anyone?
Work in downtown Hobart, after exporting to Tasmania in February.
I am a IT project manager for a large outsourcing company (XXX) not IBM or EDS.
Coffee is crap at work, but we are looking to get a Jura super automatic, which is better than Nescafe, and the plunger Im currently using.
Im a Software Engineer, currently doing web-related work.
Seems like there are a lot of IT guys around who love coffee. Perhaps its got something to do with the similarities between programming and coffee - there is a certain level of creativity invovled in both, and both are basically inexhaustable as far as complexity and acquiring knowledge of the subject matter goes. Interesting.
Im a physcist working on quantum technology. I staddle the disciplines of both nanotechnology and quantum technology in order to try an make something that works. The ultimate aim is quantum computing. Were not there yet, but the journey is interesting.
Seems a logical occupation for a coffeesnob, Sparky: Splitting the atom...cracking the bean. It was only a matter of time before the two had to come converge.
"Seems like there are a lot of IT guys around who love coffee. Perhaps its got something to do with the similarities between programming and coffee"
I think its more to do with the amount of hours we spend at work, you need the coffee to keep going.
This is my first post so thought id jump in on an introductory type thread.
Im an aeronautical engineer and it seems Ive ended up focussing on T&E. Previously, it was acceptance T&E of a new rotary wing system and now Im establishing an operational T&E capability for the organisation I belong to.
Looking forward to hanging out on CoffeeSnobs.
Systems/ Design Engineer but currently employed as a personnel manager looking after 5500 technicians. Long hours and plenty of coffee but look forward to my Silvia when I get home.
IT engineer working with security related products. I either work from home, one of the many offices my company keeps around town or go to a client site. So my coffee experience ranges from truly bad to reasonable (my own but trying to improve) to exceptional (one of the cafes around the office serves great coffee)
Coffee seems to fuel the IT industry. Id imagine the entire industry will cease functioning without it.
Im studying Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at university, however last year I was studying Multimedia Systems which I found very boring due to the Systems part of it.. Developing systems was boring in year 11 when I did year 12 IT, and it still was in uni ;D
My Journalism course is awesome though, all the articles I submit are so simple to form because I have a portfolio of over 200,000 words published at www.gamebiz.com.au :)
Im a graphic designer working with a local printing company! And I also run a small webhosting business on the side.
Im in commercial radio. Good coffee is confined to home so I envy those who get to work from their home office!
Interesting crowd. Im a former virologist / biotechnologist, now working as a manager of a Food Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry lab. This occupation supplies the funds to support my growing obsession with coffee. The science background makes a lot of sense in understanding the making of good coffee. Im sure there are a lot of scientisting working in the coffee industry. I prefer to think of it as an artform, much more feel-good.
As Descartes ( as quoted by Python said ) when he pondered the making of coffee and its relationship to the journey of man " I drink therefore I am ! " ::)
It was Socrates who said:
"Id rather have a bottle in front of me than have a frontal lobotomy"
Well, whoever...who cares!!
Welcome to the club yirgacheffe! Youll find many a varied profession amoung our users with not a few of them being involved in the sciences on one level or another.
I drink there-for I am. Or is that putting decup before the pot? ;)
FYI Grant it was Dorothy Parker who is the one most credit with coming up with that quote although W.C. Fields and Groucho Marx were the ones who popularized it, *long before Tom Waits put it in a song.
What Socrates actually said was more along the lines of "Damnit waiter! Take this back! I didnt order any hemlock in my cuppa........<thud>". ;D
Java "Gotta love a good quote" phile
HHey How about this one:
Champagne for real friends
Real pain for sham friends!!![hr]
Hi! Im a sound editor, I work mainly in film. *Im a freelancer, and the quality of the coffee supplied at work varies greatly from place to place. *I sometimes work for a government department, where there is no coffee supplied at all! :( At the moment theres a Saeco Royal Cappucino fully automatic machine at work, which is a big step up from the plunger at my previous workplace. *:P
I love a great coffee, so Im currently saving my pennies in order to invest in a really decent machine for home. *My old Braun espresso machine (bought in about 1995) died a while back, and when I tried to get it repaired, the repairman just laughed at me! *:-[ *Apparently it was an entirely obsolete model.... looking forward to my next machine! * Still deciding what to get, but this time its gonna be something that wont be laughed out of the repair shop (if it ever comes to that)!
The title is operations manager... in other words i look after everthing from the server to the forklift in a van shelving manufacturing company.I have just brought in a press pot so i can have some reasonable caffeine at work to help me through the day..... :-?
Wow!!! A lot of IT it would seem...
Me, 12 years in the Army starting as an Electronics Apprentice, and since then for the last 12 years as a Biomedical Engineer with a really big international company. *Biomedical Engineering basically is working on all of the stuff that either keeps you alive or keeps you asleep when in hospital. *But like a lot of other CGs are into IT, I am now really branching out into the IT support side of things in hospitals relating to patient data storage.
So the coffee is a very welcome respite from hospitals - and I have seen some shockers of coffee in hospitals!
Quick one - Hervey Bay Hospital has a cafeteria that advertises Capuccinos. *Thought D**n I could really go a caffeine hit! *So the lovely lady behind the counter asks how I like my coffee - regular or strong. *Strong was my reply. *And so she gave me two teaspoons of International Roast in my Capuccinno!!!
McCafe tasted real good after that...
Currently Barista/Manager at a Sydney cafe (not many hospitality people here I notice. Disillusioned? or is it the roasting side?)
Anyway I am currently deffered on my studies, but I am studying Aerospace Engineering/Physics double degree at UNSW. Painful >.<