Monday, November 2, 2009

Two job opportunities

See, I think I figured out the problem. I am an assembly guru. If it can be put together then I can put it together. If it can be fixed then I can fix it. Of course I don't like the idea of getting paid to fix someone's brakes because I think it is beneath me to do that as a job. But bring me some brakes that need fixing and I will jump on it like a blue haired old lady at the J.J. Newberry's discount soup bin. But if you pay me for it then I have become a brake whore, and I am no one's brake whore.
So it is just a philosophical problem that keeps me adrift.
Anyway, the goal is to do what I love and what I enjoy and NOT feel like a mercenary. If this sounds crazy it is because you probably assimilated into the culture and I obviously did not. Portsmouth public schools tried very hard for 12 years to create a functioning clone but they failed.

So, I look for work and here are two jobs that I like. One is a parts dismantler...something that allows me the opportunity to NEVER CARE IF I STRIP A BOLT. The other job is assembling medical devices in a clean room. That means free of dust. What I like about the medical assembly job is the number of patents they have pending. If I'm going to have a "career" it will be in an expanding field. Something without limits. They will take one look at me and send me away. It reminds me of another job I applied for in Santa Monica. It was a chemical warfare sensor that detects trace amounts of biological shrapnel. Also a clean room. The guys were all engineers but they didn't have time to do the actual assembly on semi-mass produced products. (Each unit took two months to build) That's where I would come in. I looked it all over and saw that it was my element. Probably a $60,000 a year job with benefits. They wanted me to create an order of operations manual and repair manual. All of this is right up my alley.
"Would you call yourself a perfectionist?"
When it comes to electro-mechanical stuff I get obsessed.
So I meet the inventor, an Indian man, candidate for the nobel prize. He just looks at me. Studies my eyes and I know what he is going to see in them.
"What do you want to be doing in ten years?" he asks.
"Writing screenplays."
"But this is a very hard occupation to make a living."
"I know, but when I work then I don't write. I pretend I will write after work, but I don't. There is always something else to do."
"When I was young," he says, "I wanted to be a painter. Like my hero Van Gogh. I could be poor and paint or I could study engineering like another hero of mine, Leonardo DaVinci. I am happy with my choice."
"All day long I think about writing. But I happen to be an expert assembler and I need money."
"That is not good enough," he said.
And so we parted ways. I expect they will ask me the same thing at Salient Surgical Technologies. Only now I will say that I want to play Jazz guitar in ten years. But really, I do not think ten years in advance. I know that if I do not play guitar TODAY then I'm not going to play guitar ten years from now. And if I take this job then exactly when am I going to play guitar? Or write? Or make music videos for local bands. Or make stained glass? None of that will happen. I will make surgical instruments. And I will get paid.
You can say that at least it is medical technology, and not biological warfare detection, but really does it matter? Both jobs pay the same amount. But one is clean and the other is dirty. I wonder if Van Gogh ever applied for a job as a furniture painter and the master painter asked him what he planned to do in ten years. And Van Gogh, insane, sweating, knew that he would probably be dead in ten years and walked out the door. VG died when he was 37. That is one year younger than me. He shot himself though, so that made it easier for him to predict. He didn't start painting until his twenties and the works that we all know him by are mostly from the last few years of his life. I imagine he passed up quite a few paying gigs when he was 35 years old. He was living in a country that is mostly below sea level. That's gotta unnerve you after a while.
This isn't about comparing me to Van Gogh. I only want to expose and define my self-destructive habits. It's an old story.
When people say, "Oggy, you could do anything you want." they really mean, "Oggy, you could assemble microscopic surgical devices and eventually forget you ever wanted to play guitar or write screenplays."
It's economics. One of them pays $12 an hour and the other, if you are lucky, gets you admired after you die.

Assembler, Clean Room, Medical Devices, Direct Employment (Portsmouth)

Date: 2009-11-02, 10:23AM EST
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc. is a 220+ person rapidly growing medical technology company that develops and markets innovative Advanced Energy surgical products based on our proprietary Transcollation™ technology to improve patient outcomes in a wide range of surgical procedures. Our Transcollation™ technology transforms collagen at the molecular level, which when applied to blood vessels, creates a permanent mechanical seal. This permanent seal 1) improves surgeons’ visualization – a key to MIS surgery; 2) significantly improves patients’ post-operative hemoglobin levels which in turn speeds recovery and reduces the need for blood transfusions.

Over 300,000 patients have been treated with our devices to improve post-op hemoglobin levels and reduce blood loss in surgical oncology, orthopaedic reconstruction (hip and knee replacements) and instrumented spine procedures (fusions).

Salient Surgical has focused on building strong future earnings power by:
Developing advanced energy products that deliver high clinical and economic value, receiving 510(k) clearances with broad indications for use which permit us to quickly move into new market applications without facing additional regulatory hurdles, investing in post marketing studies that document the clinical and economic benefits of our products in a variety of surgical settings (for example, our studies demonstrate a greater than 70% reduction in blood transfusions for patients receiving a primary hip replacement), building a deep intellectual property portfolio (At present we have a total of 80+ patents either issued or filed), building a sales force selling a surgeon preference product and identifying new applications and product opportunities that leverage our core technology.


• Assemble and package intricate mechanical and electromechanical assemblies, using basic hand tools, jigs, fixtures, and test equipment, as well as more complex assembly machinery, such as ultrasonic welders and heat sealing equipment.
• Follow established manufacturing and inspection processes and procedures to produce medical products.
• Identify and segregate defects per procedures.
• Assist in managing materials in an orderly and accurate manner.
• Follow established safety procedures and perform all duties in a safe manner.
• Perform all duties of this position in accordance with applicable cGMP, ISO, FDA, and internal standards.
• Maintain complete and accurate records of work-in-process, component inventories and relative documentation.
• Accept full accountability for product quality.
• Support and take direction from other departments with new product introductions.
• Utilize documented procedures and training materials to accomplish tasks noted above.


• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Technical school or OJT training working with mechanical assemblies desired.
• 1-2 years experience in assembly.
• Experience operating manufacturing equipment according to established specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions or ability to acquire those skills.
• GMP, FDA, ISO experience preferred, but not essential.
• Ability to work "under a microscope" to assemble small medical devices in a clean room environment
• Willingness to learn all equipment and jobs in the assigned manufacturing area.
• Strong attention to detail and exceptional inter-personal skills are required to work in this fast-paced, diverse environment.
• Availability to work 40 hours per week, plus overtime as needed to support manufacturing or customer requirements.

  • Location: Portsmouth
  • Compensation: $11-$13 per hour plus full benefits
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.


Date: 2009-10-26, 6:41PM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]


  • Location: DERRY NH
  • Compensation: 10.00-12.00 /HOUR
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