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April 9, 2008 at 5:34 am #562
Has anyone worked in this position or know much about it? I’m planning to apply next year and, on paper, this position sounds just about perfect, but it’s one of the listings that is still up on Rayjobs for this year. I think I read in one of the other threads that the jobs are automatically closed once 50 applications are received, so I’m just curious if there is a particular reason why this one might not get a lot of interest. Is the reality very different than the description?April 9, 2008 at 10:26 am #5240thepooles98Keymaster
It’s probably open because it’s not a job people know about. The MEC is the Mechanical Equipment Center. They do all the small engine repairs. Chainsaws all the way up to snowmobiles and gator type off road vehicles. Everything larger than that goes to the VMF, Vehicle Maintenance Facility.
MEC is a cool place to work. You are dealing a lot with the science groups. In fact they use more of the small engine items than anyone in town. Every science camp has generators, ice augers, snowmobiles etc and they get lots of use and need lots of repair. The items need to be checked out to groups. The groups need training on how to use and do minor repairs. Sometimes things break in the field and staff has to helecopter out to make repairs. The supervisory people do just that. Run the place.
April 10, 2008 at 6:47 am #5241
That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear. I plan to do some training so that I’ll really have a shot at the position next year, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time doing that if it was one of those positions that most people in the know would actively avoid.
Thanks Mike!April 10, 2008 at 8:16 am #5242MightyAtlasModerator
Wait, does that mean Julie B. isn’t coming back? Thought she loved MEC…
Damn.April 11, 2008 at 12:57 am #5243RoyWendellMember
Nope, she’s taking a year off.April 11, 2008 at 5:34 am #5244
Shoot – I thought that this position being open seemed too good to be true. If Julie’s planning to be back next year, I guess I’d better start looking harder at those second choices as a back-up plan.April 11, 2008 at 6:17 am #5245MightyAtlasModerator
Although there’s no official policy, the incumbent person usually has priority over anyone else. Julie is removing herself from the rotation, and will not automatically be able to jump right back into the position. Her choice, as is anyone’s that wants/needs to take some time off.
I took three years off at one time, and had to wait for an opening before I could get back in.
It’s just ice-life…
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