View Full Version : Surprise Career Change

03-06-2008, 06:04 PM
So this morning I am in my machine slinging cans like any other Thursday. I get a call from my supervisor. He asks my exact location and tells me to shut down and wait for him to arive. I'm like OH FUDGE what the hell did I do this time. He showes up and informes me I'm not in trouble..WEW. Then I am asked if I would consider a new position. He then explains the 800 square foot shop and office that had just been completed is for graphic design. So he offeres me the job & shop. I have like no time to think about it but I said yes. Just like that I'm done as a driver/operator. I went in, parked the truck & an hour later 35 thousand dollars of equipment is delivered. I have a thremal printer and a few diffrent plotters from 10 to 48 inches not to mention a brand new computer, which I promptly informed him the monitor was way to small. I need a 20 to 24 inch lcd:rockon2:. I got a no problem..& let me know what else you need. I guess being the shop computer geek has paid off. Now I'm training and soon will be lettering everything from police cars to to street signs & god knows what else.
I have 4 rolls of practice vinyl to cut up over the next few weeks. Guess I'll be doing my own boat graphics and lettering now:tongue_smilie:.

03-06-2008, 06:07 PM
sweet. Pay increase or same salary?

03-06-2008, 06:10 PM
I had to stay with in title & rate of pay in order for them to move me over guys with more seinority with out grievences.

03-06-2008, 06:10 PM
Great!!!!! no more smells!!! lol

03-06-2008, 06:14 PM
Oh ok. Sounds like a cool job.

03-06-2008, 06:17 PM
nice job! .

03-06-2008, 07:54 PM
Congrats man!
Good luck:banana:

03-06-2008, 08:16 PM
Thanks guys :smile:. I am flipping through the 3 inch thick manuel for the primary software now. YAY...not..lol

03-06-2008, 08:50 PM
How cool primary software manuals sound like tons of fun. Can i try. jk LOl good luck with new position

Steven Vaccaro
03-06-2008, 10:06 PM
Thats sounds like great news. Now you will have to get in early to sneak some personal runs on the nice new machines!

03-06-2008, 10:11 PM
congrats! hope all goes well!

03-06-2008, 10:55 PM
Thats sounds like great news. Now you will have to get in early to sneak some personal runs on the nice new machines!

He bought me 5 rolls of "pracitce" Vinyl. I'll be cutting some ose and other fun logos tomorrow :wink:

Rex R
03-07-2008, 03:23 AM
which colors do you have to practise with? lets see black is prolly a given...

03-07-2008, 11:13 AM
Please feel free to call me if you ever need to. You have my cell #
Congratulations! :w00t:

03-07-2008, 12:00 PM
Congrats on the job, Tom.

Be sure to let us know when you start working with the 24k gold leaf for the fire trucks - now that would look nice on a boat!

03-07-2008, 12:39 PM
congrats Tom

03-08-2008, 09:37 AM
Thanks fellas! Danny I had your digits already & don't be suprised..lol. I am running Omega 2.6 & working with alot of vector art it apears.

Rex right now I have the stock 220 white, black, intence blue, and red. The thermal printer is made by Gerber and it accepts these neet foil color cartrages. I was looking on ebay last night & could pick up alot of my own stuff cheap there. Since how ever I am running the department I can just order my personal stuff along with the townships orders and save on shipping. Check this out, I was working with a "warp" tool yesterday @ the end of the day. It looks like I will be able to do hull wraps...WAY KEWL.

03-08-2008, 12:23 PM
tom. you need to do something like this!!
my buddy own a mazda truck. and we put on a BOX from a ford ranger on it last year and we have called it the mazord. so now i will officially name label it the mazord this weekend

Doug Smock
03-08-2008, 05:31 PM
Congrats Tom!!!!
Yes I will take some OSE logos!!!!:banana: Thanks for asking!!:bounce:

03-08-2008, 06:27 PM
You betcha... My boss asked what the ose file was in the jobs directory...I said training....lol.

Rex R
03-08-2008, 08:06 PM
ah, wondered if those might be the colors...local post/print shop is just starting to do vinyl and those are the colors they have on hand too. ;). best of luck in this new job.

03-09-2008, 01:26 AM
so you are still alive....... :tongue_smilie:

congrats my friend

03-09-2008, 09:47 AM
That sounds like a cool job. congrats.

03-09-2008, 03:37 PM
Thanks Rex,Reddy & Wicked....& yes Mr. V I am still alive...lol

03-09-2008, 04:57 PM
wow. great news there. enjoy.

03-12-2008, 06:06 PM
Got some pictures of the office today. We just set it up last week and allot is still ordered. Still we have enough to get rolling. The graphics on the table is some stuff I have been playing with. In the middle of the island is the thermal printer. Off to the right is the 20 inch plotter and the one on the back wall it the 48". Behind the island is all the color foil cartridges along with the vinyl. I can't wait for all the back orderd material to come in. We just have basic colors now.





03-12-2008, 06:18 PM
wow very clean!!

03-12-2008, 09:15 PM
I woudent run a shop any other way :wink:

Flying Scotsman
03-15-2008, 12:20 PM
Tom, just read the thread, congratulations. By the way change out the computer for a MAC !!! :bounce:


03-19-2008, 05:41 PM
I recorded the plotter today. IMO it's a pretty impressive peice of equipment. At well over 10 grand I guess it had better be. Check this out and note the credits.

Plotter in action (http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e343/STOAK/?action=view&current=Ploter.flv)

Steven Vaccaro
03-20-2008, 06:56 AM
Cool stuff, but we never got to see the finished product on the video:sad:

03-20-2008, 04:45 PM
Sorry man I'll do a long run with a full pring & cut video after vacation

Mich. Maniac
03-20-2008, 06:46 PM
VACATION!!! thats where you should be if your on vacation, making us some kewl "trials". Unless you mean baby vacation.:tongue_smilie:

03-20-2008, 08:11 PM
Nope it's a no school vacation. I asked for another EULA in order to work from home. We don't have a budget yet so 3400 is a bit steep for a second copy & out of the question.