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August 6, 2007 at 10:12 am #499turbotim66Member
Hey Mike and Fellow Antarcticans, Well got done with all my PQ and Psych. I should be down on 3rd flight of winfly staying through winter again, another 14 months on ICE. Looking forward to seeing everyone and if anything has changed since I was there last. seems like forever but its only been since Jan 06. Mike is the building I built still being used? or at least used this winter? havent heard much from down there this yr. laters see ya in a few weeks. Tim FosterAugust 7, 2007 at 2:37 am #4775
I didn’t winter over this year so I don’t know. It was the previous year. Good to see you back. You gonna be in charge of the bowling alley again?. Looks like I’ll be filling in for Eileen in supply until Mel shows up in October. After that back to electrical supply. See you soon.
MikeAugust 7, 2007 at 8:36 am #4776
Mike, I was trying to reply to your message you sent me but couldn’t quite figure it out. You mentioned the job fair next year? So Is all the hiring done for this season? Wiczster…aka RickAugust 7, 2007 at 10:48 am #4777MightyAtlasModerator
Yo, Tim —
Heard you met my friend, Thoa, in Denver. Hope you both had a great time taking the psych test.
Oh, she said next time she’s renting a car. Too much time wasted waiting on the Shuttle.
Hope you enjoyed your holiday from the Program. I’ll see you when I return in October. Gotta take a little break after being here for a year. I’ll be headed out on the same plane you fly in on.
What building did you build? I’ll tell you if it’s still in use.
atlasAugust 8, 2007 at 9:13 pm #4778
Rick, somehow you jumped threads. The Job Fair is held in the end of March or beginning of April. While plenty of people get hired without going, our general consensus is that going to the fair gives you the opportunity to get names of people to keep in touch with. Without that, you generally are in a group of hundreds to thousands of people who apply online. When you call, you get HR and thats the end of usefull info.
You had all that auto parts experience. Give Mel Moore a call at the Denver(Centennial) office before 9am in the morning Denver time. After 9 am he gets busy and it would not be good to call. He would be part of the group that would hire auto parts people and has given permission for me to post his name.
The vehicle repair facility is a 10 bay garage that primarily services the ford truck fleet and Cat heavy equipment with a smattering of other items. I started the program as a parts person there. The parts room is located in the same building, but the actual parts are spread out in three warehouses along with numerous outdoor storage areas that sometimes get snowed in. Parts experience and working with mechanics are real plusses. Some of the equipment is upwards of 50 years old and requires skill in using parts manuals to find items. Often the same model will have different engine arrangements and it can be tricky to figure out the part numbers of the items the mechanics want. Often, if you have a good repore, you work side by side with the mechanic to figure out the parts.
Parts are only a small part of the job. Mostly it is an inventory control job. Unlike the states where small amounts of parts are kept on hand and the rest are ordered as needed, we need to keep huge stockpiles of everything. That means intense inventory control. People who have never done that, sometimes have a hard time. Nothing like counting out 100000 bolts into bags of hundred to ruin your day.
MikeAugust 11, 2007 at 2:18 am #4779
Pretty much a fleet of Fords? The straight 6 300 has been around since the late 60’s. Early Mustangs had the 283 V-8. Then came the 302 and then the 351 Windsor/Cleveland…and the late 70’s 351 Modified! Cat Engines are a little differnt though. 3208 Cat and the 3406. Can’t think of any other ones I’ve sold parts for.
RickAugust 12, 2007 at 11:41 am #4780
Tim, I’ve started the process of making my way to denver. I’m in Baltimore until the day after tomorrow visiting family. Leaving monday the 13th for Denver and leaving Denver for the ice on the 16th. Probably see you in passing at the hotel.
Rick, keep in touch and we’ll see if we cant steer you to the auto parts jobs next year.
MikeAugust 12, 2007 at 7:43 pm #4781turbotim66Member
Hey atlas the building I built is where you stew your bones. you know the secert building that is know by everyone and enjoyed by winterovers. everyone knows its there but for some reason we aren’t allowed to talk about it. sort of like fight club…lol. Yes met Thoa she is going to have a ball I think. I Am flying to Denver on the 16th Arrive in CHCH on 22nd, Mac on 24th(unless the weather gods are good to me and let me stay in CHCH a couple of extra days). See ya when you get back. Laters TimAugust 12, 2007 at 10:45 pm #4782AnonymousMember
Hey how can I change the way I get messages right know its going to my msn inboxAugust 13, 2007 at 2:33 am #4783MightyAtlasModerator
Ah, Tim…yes, I know the building. It was used. We had to have SOME enjoyment this winter.August 13, 2007 at 7:12 am #4784brienMember
>That means intense inventory control. People who have never done that, sometimes have a hard time. Nothing like counting out 100000 bolts into bags of hundred to ruin your day.
Amen to dat
– b, bolt counter, south poleAugust 13, 2007 at 8:31 pm #4785
Hi Kimberly. Most of us don’t get messages directly. We just post here and let everyone join in on the answers. This thread was started for TurboTim, one of our old time friends who has been away from the ice for a while. Go back to the main page and leave new messages there. I got your email and will answer when I can, but to be honest it’s a lot easier on everyone to just use the message board. Then everyday, log on and see what is new. I’ll tell you what, I’ll start a new thread for you to post your own stuff, just go to the main board.
MikeAugust 15, 2007 at 8:59 pm #4786
I decided to take your advice on contacting Mel Moore in the Denver office. I searched and searched the internet for a contact number or some way to get hold of him but couldn’t find anything. Could you steer me in the right direction?
I suppose I could wait another year. This is my third year trying to get down to the ice. I own and have read Big Dead Place, The Shackleton story, and have his biography.
Is that movie 8 Below really filmed down there?
RickAugust 15, 2007 at 9:10 pm #4787
Need an extra hand counting out them bolts? Grade 5, grade 8? Fine thread, course thread? Metric, SAE? I can count them all
RickAugust 15, 2007 at 11:26 pm #4788willKeymaster
According to the credits, Eight Below was filmed in Greenland.
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