Waiting for the burst of energy

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

I occasionally opine that little in New Eden happens quickly. I have recently completed skill training in battlecruisers V, the duration of around twenty five days being part of a grander skill plan to pilot a Damnation command ship, which will take around seventy days of skill training in ...

Another equipment fault

Monday, November 24th, 2008

After trying to get this current piece of equipment through the first part of its qualification test and failing several times it finally seems like I am going to guide it through the test successfully. The fault was recently diagnosed as a design issue, resolved with an internal tweak ...

Finger of death

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I have picked up a bad but perhaps not unfair reputation of breaking something during pretty much every environmental test that I run. The reputation began quite early. When I first joined the environmental engineering group and was shown how to power on all the power amplifiers and ...

Longer than the working day

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

The Company has a flexi-time policy that allows for extended and shortened days, but we all essentially still work on the basis of an eight hour day that includes a thirty minute lunch break. As such, when someone outside of the department draws up a day's test plan for us to ...

Currently lacking focus

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

I am running a qualification test at the moment, which in this case involves setting up lots of relatively short test periods. Because most of the work is involved in setting up a test, and watching it run for several hours is where the road to tedium lies, this ...


Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Cor, it wasn't even 9 am before I had induced a failure in some expensive electronic equipment during formal vibration testing. It took me longer to set-up the test and update the test log than it did to run the test. It's going to be a good day!

Five minutes, two hours

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I had a five minute vibration test to perform yesterday. It's not long, but it keeps me occupied, and the set-up and configuration can take a bit of time. I spent about thirty minutes in the morning taking off a jig from the previous test from the shaker's ...

Off-site adventure

Friday, April 11th, 2008

I went to an off-site training seminar yesterday, on the basics of vibration shaker testing. It turned out to be a little too basic overall, but there were a few moments that were of interest, and I got to see the phallic student digs of Loughborough university again. To get ...