Machine workplace sayings.

Author:Rose, Steve
Position:Shop talk

A busy life at the machine workplace often gives us a chance to observe situations seen with regular frequency.

So here are some observations I have collected from various people over the years.

One of my favorites is Murphy's Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. This is only one "rule" I have seen in operation in machine shops over the years. To add levity to the day, here are some favorites:

Management's view of "machine workplace training"

* These guys should learn machining in two to three weeks, even though it only took me four years to get my degree.


* Murphy's Law--Whatever can go wrong, will.

* Peter's Law--People are promoted to their level of incompetence.

* Parkinson's Law--Work expands to fill the time available.


* SNAFU--situation normal, all fouled up

* FUBAR--fouled up beyond all recognition

* SWAG--scientific wild-ass guess

* TEGO--the eyes glaze over (seen when running one job too long)


* The impossible is performed daily; miracles take a little longer.

* We never have time to do it right, but we always have time to do it over.

* A mistake? Well, that's the first one I've made since the last one.

* Things go bad; then they get worse.

* Good experiences promote change; bad experiences demand it.

* Definition of expert: Anyone more than 50 miles from home.

* Ten years experience = ten years of making mistakes.

* Pay rate--We all get paid the same--not enough.

* Wishful thinking does not get the job done.

* I don't like thinking--it hurts.

* There are no clean deals.

Shop life

* If analytical skill fails, what do we use? Brute force and ignorance.

* You never remember who helped you out, but you always remember who stood in your way.

* The machinist's theme song: "I Did It My Way."

* Our best customer is the scrap man--he never sends anything back.

* The best job is always the one you are going to or the one you left. It is never the one you have.

* How do we learn? Through pain.

* Keep in mind when learning programming: The machine thinks we know what we are doing.


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