RANDOM POST # 5 – LIGHT IT UP

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RANDOM POST # 5 – LIGHT IT UP

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photo found on Pixabay (bfleeson)

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photo found on Pixabay (Tyler Vigen)

Sticking with the Random Post’s of some of the many jobs I’ve had over the years, here are two more. These were in the early 70s, in our home town.

First, was at Litton Industries. They made things for the Defense Department, along with other useful items, such as micro-waves, and calculators. My job there was to make wiring harnesses. These would go into airplanes or other government goods. I would get a blueprint/diagram of the harness to be made, choose the right wires, measure, cut, and strip the ends. Then I’d put them together as required in bundles, and in order, to make them fit the printed out diagram. At some point, I’d get to attach the wires to parts of the motherboard, and solder diodes and transistors to the board. It was fun to do all this, and didn’t seem complicated at all. The other workers were mostly women, and we’d sit at a long table while we worked, and we could talk about all kinds of things. The photos are very similar to what we did on this job.

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photo found on Pixabay (OpenClipart Vectors)

Next, was Texas Instruments. This is a well-known company for electronics. The area I worked in was called, ‘Light-Up’. We were testing the little pieces of plastic material that goes into calculators. These were the little numbers that show up on the calculator screen when you turn it on. We had to make sure each little piece would actually show up each of the 7 segments of the numbers. We had a simple manual machine that we’d put the number into, pull down the door of the machine, and it would light up the number. If it was good, it went in one pile, if not it went into the bad pile. We were encouraged to do this as fast as we could, and I think I got up to lighting up over a hundred every minute. It was easy and fun to try to beat your score each time. We also got to talk amongst ourselves while we worked, too. Did you know the numbers are all like those in the photo, inside a calculator? Only certain parts are lit up on the screen to form the number you punch in.

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Hope you enjoyed hearing about these jobs. I’ll post more soon, as I’ve had lots more jobs, all different and interesting. πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

Β© 2017 BS

8 responses »

  1. Awesome! My Mom, her friend and my sister in law worked at Litton in the early 70’s, maybe earlier. We moved to Germany in 1973. And I worked at TI for a very brief time before we married so around 1982. I still have my badge. 😊 Funny how our paths were constantly crossing but it took so long to meet. And off my mind goes into what an amazing and small world we live in πŸ’•. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Kelly! That is interesting. So cool that our paths kept crossing all those times, yet we never met until we were next door neighbors. Must have been fate. haha! Let’s see, we were in Germany about the same time Where were you? We were at Furth/Nuremburg. … Could be your Mom, friend, and SIL were at Litton when I was, too. πŸ™‚

      • Yes! Absolutely fate at work! Let’s compare :). We were at Hahn AFB. 73-76. Now an airport. If you google it is Frankfurt-Hahn Airport about 78 miles west of Frankfurt. I will email you names of those that worked at Litton.

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