My many trades

My many trades

My many trades

First published in Letters by

“Jack of all trades and master of none” – such is the epithet handed out to me by Mark Cousins (Letters, March 17.

Depends what he means by this rather scathing title. I have, indeed, had quite a plethora of positions connected with my engineering-background.

Five-year apprenticeship as a precision turner at C.T.&S; 13 years as an engineer officer, in the Merchant Navy; two years contract in Botswana as senior inspector of works (diesel engines); mechanical engineer at Thorganby Frozen Foods for ten years, finishing my working-life as a commissioning and service engineer with an industrial refrigeration company, travelling worldwide as well as extensively in this country.

All the above, with the exception of my apprenticeship, being quite high-powered. If those positions meet Mr. Cousins’ criteria, then so be it.

I’ll stick with being an engineer with multi-skills.

Hopefully Mr. Cousins will reply with a description of what position/s he has held/is holding in his career.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.

Comments (4)

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12:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Just think Phillip, you can add tetchy old so and so to that list now :-)
Just think Phillip, you can add tetchy old so and so to that list now :-) TheTruthHurts
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12:54pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Prob says...

NOBODY CARES
NOBODY CARES Prob
  • Score: 16

3:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Dr Robert says...

Well said Mr Roe, their are too many ignorant people around who appear to enjoy denigrating other individuals whom they know nothing about. Anyone with your background and experience of life cannot avoid having many informed opinions on many subjects, apart from your engineering background I do believe it is called the University of Life.
Well said Mr Roe, their are too many ignorant people around who appear to enjoy denigrating other individuals whom they know nothing about. Anyone with your background and experience of life cannot avoid having many informed opinions on many subjects, apart from your engineering background I do believe it is called the University of Life. Dr Robert
  • Score: -23

1:54am Thu 20 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

The letter is a good reposte
The letter is a good reposte Magicman!
  • Score: -3

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