Costin Stefanoiu 4m 566
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My job is one of the few professions, which doesn’t allow you to get bored. Probably, because you always work with a partner. Obviously you can be an electrician on your own, but it’s harder, if you need a certain key or the sketch of a machine, you have to help yourself, increasing the time dedicated to fulfilling that project. Secondly, people tend to treat their gadgets and electric systems as persons and you will often find funny situations, when you can barely stop laughing on their account.
I started to work as an electrician ten years ago, I am 28 years old and I’m loving my job, despite the inner dangers and infernal daily work program. If I mentioned the bad things related to this job, I may say that the worst that can happen to you is to feel your rope climber slowly untying, when you are on the roof of a 10 floors building, trying to mount an external surveillance camera. It really scares the hell out of you, but you don’t have time to think too much of it, you will have to quickly recover your balance (physical and emotional) and try to climb, before that bad scenario happens. Luckily, these type of projects are rare, I usually work inside of buildings, mounting surveillance camera in every corner that the customers indicate.
If I were to establish a top of our current customers, I would say banks, public institutions and small businesses require our help for installing a surveillance system and assuring the proper repairs or maintenance. If our boss agrees (I always say We, because me and my partner form a team for about three years), we will also provide surveillance systems, naturally cheaper and smaller, to individuals. I remember some funny projects: a jealous husband asked us to mount small camera even in the kitchen and the bathroom of his home, just to figure out whether his wife was loyal or not, when he was gone for a long period, while an old lady, fearing and hearing in her dreams thieves entering her home, asked us to record and keep on a server the supposedly nocturnal activity during three months and when, she discovered there was nobody disturbing her peace, then she said we were allied with the robbers.
Not only individual customers have their crazy moments, even companies, well their employees, will make you wonder. Last week, we were asked to fix the bugs of a system dedicated to a fast-food restaurant. Somebody forgot his sandwich on the hardware case and it got roasted, with the sauce dripping inside the case. You can imagine the glorious sight I had, when I opened the case and see the elements covered by ketchup sauce. I didn’t start to prepare my launch, if this is what you have imagined, I simply begin cleaning each component and then assemble the system.
In the end of my confession, I couldn’t omit the funny moments between us, the electricians. One day, when I asked my partner to turn off a system, in order to verify an inner element, he made a joke by leaving a low voltage to circulate. I could feel it, passing through my skin, deeper inside my body, but thank God, it was too low to cause damage. After all, this is also a part of my job, to face the power of electricity.