June 13, 2009
I work for Pratt & Whitney Measurement Systems in Bloomfield, CT.. we make machines that measure down to .000001" and we’re trying to find another field service tech. Bosses wanted to know if I knew anyone that wanted to do this job. I’ve met a bunch of you..so that counts right? ” class=”spSmiley” />
I like the job. it pays the bills.
I’m sure if you have somewhat of a background in fixing things and can travel almost every week and are drug free you could get this job.
If you want more info email me Dan.Guay at prattandwhitney.com
April 30, 1996
June 13, 2009
small world. My second job as an inspector was at Pratt and Whitney Machine Tool, and the measuring systems division was just a small section of the old building on Charter Oak Blvd. in W. Hartford. We were under Colt Industries at the time, then with Colts bankruptcy we were sold to some private investors and our new pres. was Richard Burkhardt.The machine tool division folded, measuring got bought by Moore I believe. I was already gone, seeing the writing on the wall. I remember the super-mics, used to use auto-collimators to check flatness in arc/seconds. Used to hang out with the scrapers, Gary Farmer and Jack can’t remember his last name, radius gage grinder Tony Morris, and supervisor John Charette…been 24 years…Glad the name is still going.
I have a P@W belt buckle with the 2 founders heads in it. Rumor was they put the wrong names under each head. At least the buckles not made in china.
Funny story, sort of, although also what’s wrong with america…when Colts recapitalized, borrowing a billion dollars from the gov’t, we had just gotten sold to Rich Burkhardts group of investors. He gives a meeting about the "New P@W" and how we’re going to be the leader in a re-birth of our machine tool domination. One of the managers asks "does this mean we have to work harder?" Rich says yes…pedal to the metal, elbow grease, wheels and grindstones, all that speak….well, middle mgmt. was making $22k a year, but retirement was in Colt stock, which went from $17 to $97 a share overnight….so pretty much all the managers got prepped to retire right then and there. Now Rich was left with the union guys, and me being 28 at the time, well I was half the age of the next youngest inspector. They messed with me, I quit, and a few years later my father in law was getting his pension from the gov’t as Colts had filed bankruptcy and forfeited their loan and obligations.
Just some history, I’m in helicopters now, military…futures so bright I gotta’ wear
June 13, 2009
Thats awesome! I did it in reverse.. did some repair on MH-53’s in the Air Force (now replaced with the V-22), and then got this job. There are only about 20 of us in Bloomfield. Moore doesn’t own us anymore.. two of the old service techs bought the company. Dan Tycz and David Stelly. We still have tons of supermics everywhere.. some newer machines too with lasers. Most people confuse us with P&W aircraft (for good reason).. I normally don’t try to explain the whole history. Small world it is! ” class=”spSmiley” />
funny thing was how the founders sold the aircraft division ‘cuz they didn’t see a future in it. PWA was called United Aircraft for awhile.
My shop makes driveshafts for the Osprey, but primarily we do Rotorheads for the Apache and Chinook. (SPX in Newington, formerly Fenn.) been there 9 years, I had about 15 or so in turbines, OEM and O@R…Gas Turbine, Hartford Tool and Die (which is in Bloomfield, now called Triumph I think), Delta Ind., oh man, a bunch of places, the industry being cyclical for a time and all.
wow, weird with that e-mail link in there,,,O@R??
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