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Ike Zimbel

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New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« on: December 05, 2023, 05:32:41 PM »

More sorry tales of woe...although not related to recent unfortunate events in any way...https://www.prosoundweb.com/maintenance-blitz-in-niagara-falls-showing-up-is-half-the-battle-but-being-in-the-right-country-helps/ :-X
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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2023, 12:05:16 AM »

More sorry tales of woe...although not related to recent unfortunate events in any way...https://www.prosoundweb.com/maintenance-blitz-in-niagara-falls-showing-up-is-half-the-battle-but-being-in-the-right-country-helps/ :-X

Sounds about par for the course.

In my day job I am a technical lead in engineering and our product line is world-wide.  I manage technical support for our company and regularly deploy field teams hither and yon.  This week send 3 engineers to an aircraft depot stateside.  Two tasks, 1) Do redline updates to the "Depot Repair Capability" requirements documents for aircraft canopies, 2) Demonstrate a hand-held optical measurement device that checks for surface flushness over fastener fill.

Get a call yesterday morning from a new engineer, forgot to print out hard copies of the requirements document they were sent out to redline/review for annual update.  Being new to travel, that's not at all unusual.  That's why we sent out a new engineer to tag along and learn the ropes.

The biggest thing I emphasize to the newbies is have lots of contact numbers in your cell phone as it's a lifeline and one couldn't predict in their wildest dreams all the things that can go wrong with field deployments.  Our product line is defense related so the first thing they have to do is gain base access which can be an adventure before the work even starts.  We've had on more than one occasion sent engineers out that didn't make necessary visit request processing and been refused access.  Then, once allowed on base they need building access from the security manager.  Yes, we've also had engineers that got on base and couldn't get into the building - the only place they could walk into is the base Burger King.

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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2023, 04:53:27 AM »

Sounds about par for the course.

In my day job I am a technical lead in engineering and our product line is world-wide.  I manage technical support for our company and regularly deploy field teams hither and yon.  This week send 3 engineers to an aircraft depot stateside.  Two tasks, 1) Do redline updates to the "Depot Repair Capability" requirements documents for aircraft canopies, 2) Demonstrate a hand-held optical measurement device that checks for surface flushness over fastener fill.

Get a call yesterday morning from a new engineer, forgot to print out hard copies of the requirements document they were sent out to redline/review for annual update.  Being new to travel, that's not at all unusual.  That's why we sent out a new engineer to tag along and learn the ropes.

The biggest thing I emphasize to the newbies is have lots of contact numbers in your cell phone as it's a lifeline and one couldn't predict in their wildest dreams all the things that can go wrong with field deployments.  Our product line is defense related so the first thing they have to do is gain base access which can be an adventure before the work even starts.  We've had on more than one occasion sent engineers out that didn't make necessary visit request processing and been refused access.  Then, once allowed on base they need building access from the security manager.  Yes, we've also had engineers that got on base and couldn't get into the building - the only place they could walk into is the base Burger King.

 :)


I can't imagine what defense is like because telecom was a nightmare.  Verizon had a site access procedure for vendors that was streamlined in my opinion but security hated exceptions.  Exceptions were granted but not for wasting and airline ticket, they could care less.  Security never gets dinged it came right back on us from project management if a team could not work because site access procedures were not followed.  But I digress.


In the early 2000's I was traveling so much in service of the Verizon account as North American engineering team lead for mobility infrastructure (yeah try explaining that to your Mother when she wants a simple answer what you do for a living) that I was able to gather the requisite executive sponsorship to get the keys to the kingdom.  I was one of a handful of vendors that essentially had full employee like privileges, administrative access to the networks our teams worked on, unescorted access into all cell sites and mobile switching offices along with a large chunk of administrative facilities for when I needed an office on the road or my permanent vendor office in NJ same floor and workgroup as the CTO.  It was pretty cool, still is.  I was talking to a friend who still works at best unnamed vendor and apparently security in the follow up years to 9/11 still issues vendor badges but access is now controlled and each facility manager has to sign off for a vendor to access the site.  9/11 was a proud day for Verizon that I had not though about in awhile.  A COW (Cell on Wheels) was modified to use the handheld yagis that were deployed to locate folks in the rubble with a Verizon phone still powered on.  We had quite a bit of facility in the towers and I was in the NOC (Network Operations Center) about 2 hours after the first plane hit.  I don't think an invoice from Motorola was ever issued for any work supporting 9/11 activities.  I was very proud of Motorola and Verizon.  Back then both were truly world class organizations. 


What was the question, I really have to work on my OCD.  Oh Steve's post reminded me of all of this stuff that was now decades ago.  It's sad that the generational knowledge of 9/11 is show signs of rapid entropy.  I ask my young stagehands about it and many shrug their shoulders.  Is it even in the history books?  As a great man would say tootles.

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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2023, 03:24:44 AM »

Sounds about par for the course.

In my day job I am a technical lead in engineering and our product line is world-wide.  I manage technical support for our company and regularly deploy field teams hither and yon.  This week send 3 engineers to an aircraft depot stateside.  Two tasks, 1) Do redline updates to the "Depot Repair Capability" requirements documents for aircraft canopies, 2) Demonstrate a hand-held optical measurement device that checks for surface flushness over fastener fill.

Get a call yesterday morning from a new engineer, forgot to print out hard copies of the requirements document they were sent out to redline/review for annual update.  Being new to travel, that's not at all unusual.  That's why we sent out a new engineer to tag along and learn the ropes.

The biggest thing I emphasize to the newbies is have lots of contact numbers in your cell phone as it's a lifeline and one couldn't predict in their wildest dreams all the things that can go wrong with field deployments.  Our product line is defense related so the first thing they have to do is gain base access which can be an adventure before the work even starts.  We've had on more than one occasion sent engineers out that didn't make necessary visit request processing and been refused access.  Then, once allowed on base they need building access from the security manager.  Yes, we've also had engineers that got on base and couldn't get into the building - the only place they could walk into is the base Burger King.

:)

Related to the Lightening II?
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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2023, 11:56:51 AM »

Related to the Lightening II?

I've worked 3 major weapon system programs over the past 34 years as a contractor - the story I shared could be any given day on any given program.  :)
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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2023, 02:53:12 PM »

Niagra Falls?  Slowly I turned... - classic humor.
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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2023, 04:01:10 PM »

At one time i had my PA in 1, and I did maintenance at the 2 other Peel Pubs in Montreal.
I get home from the day job, and the wife says "Peel called, their system is down and the band is trying to set up."
She didn't get the location.
As no one was answering the phones, I left the 3/4 Ton at home, and took her Micra. I can park that thing anywhere. Parking near one, I can hit 2 of the clubs. Nope, up and running. The third is where my system was installed. The bartender "forgot" where the breaker was. The band wasn't so bad, I stayed for a beer and a plate of wings..... N/C of course.....
Ain't it a bitch when several clubs have the same name?
Another one i served has a location on the West Island, and another in Mt. Rollande. A good 1.5 hour drive apart, not in Rush Hour..
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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2023, 06:59:08 PM »

Niagra Falls?  Slowly I turned... - classic humor.
Groucho Marx, yes?
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Re: New Road Story! Maintenance Blitz, Niagara Falls
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2023, 07:10:30 PM »

Groucho Marx, yes?

I think it was Abbott and Costello.
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