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Old 09-24-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
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Talking Industrial Electrician (Retired) Mobile, AL.

My name is Alan...
My first 6 years in the field of electricity was 1 year wiring new Navy ships then 5 years maintaining electrical equipment in the shipyard including the 13.8kv distribution system.
Then I worked for the Alabama State Port Authority as a Port Electrician for 34 years. Worked on Shiploaders, Bucket Cranes for unloading ships, Bargeloaders & Unloaders, Train loaders and unloaders (Car Dumper), Stacker/Reclaimers. This equipment moves coal at a rate of several thousand tons per hour.
My job (and other's job too) keep it running. If it stops, figure out why, get it going again. This required knowledge of 23kv distribution systems; 4.160kv motors and starters for same; PLC's from various manufactures including some automation.
I held a Master Electrician's Card for decades until I recently let it go.
I am retired, don't plan on going back to work but I still love the field so I try to follow it closely.

Alan, W4WMM
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:46 PM   #2
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Very cool history!!!! Glad you joined the forum Alan!
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Welcome aboard Alan! Hope you enjoy retirement and the forum.
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Congratulations on quite a career.
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Welcome. Good to see another guy in the industrial side.
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Welcome, I did industrial for years but now most of my work is with a laptop to troubleshooting and repairs.
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Welcome, I did industrial for years but now most of my work is with a laptop to troubleshooting and repairs.


All most everything on my plant was either connected to a network or needed a laptop to plug into it, read error codes, change program parameters, upload them for safekeeping and on and on. Three of our cranes are connected to the Internet so the Engineer can "dial in" from anywhere in the world if we have something we couldn't figure out by ourselves.

We joked about hanging our tool pouches up and just carry a laptops and portable hard drives.

One of my favorite "toys" was the Data Recorder on the ABB system. An operator could say he had problems at 0200 and I could go the data recorder and playback an on screen automation showing what he was doing, what alarms or warning he received and show a limited number of I/O's state. And even though I wasn't there at 0200 it would be like I was and most of the time figure out what happened and fix it.
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In the morning I have a cup of coffee and sort through email alarms, ether fix them remotely or prep to visit a site. I'm in my mid 50s so no more 4" ridged for me.
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Welcome, Enjoy the Surf!

If there's an one aspect of the electrical trade I really wish I had an
opportunity to work in would be industrial work.

I'm Jealous, Good Luck with retirement.
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Check this one out retiredone.

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Thats was a cool biography of you. Spending so many years in the same field is an achievement. Please share your knowledge and experience with us so that we can learn from you. Wish you all the best.
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I absolutly love George. Last time I was there I took a day to do 26 miles on the Appalachian trail.

I love Waffle House too, does that make me weird?
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This is a great place to learn, if you are going to ask something please give as much info as you can, most will help if given the info needed.

If you do post please return and give us the outcome of the question, so many people ask a question and never return, the people on here spend the time to answer it and never know if it helped. It is also good for the next person searching for answers.
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