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    I think "Mechanics" may be a fault in the translation. They look more like "plant operators" or perhaps "engineers" rather than spanner twirlers

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12bolts View Post
    I think "Mechanics" may be a fault in the translation. They look more like "plant operators" or perhaps "engineers" rather than spanner twirlers
    Plant operators sounds more realistic defiantly not like any engineers I have ever been associated with. But the term engineer is often loosely used to describe function of duties as well as mechanics. to me a wrench twirler is a helper
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    What Frank said. 40 years ago I had a job in a commercial laundry where uniforms were rented. My job title was plant engineer, my duties were operating 150 hp boiler, doing maintenance work on n large washers and gas dryers and all the plumbing systems in the plant. Yesterday I could not spell injunear, today I are one.

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    Road building, Civilian Conservation Corps, Lassen National Forest, California, 1930s.
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    Cherry-picking season. Family of migratory fruit workers from Texas. July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan.
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    Yeah he just looks the type, cheeky wee beggar.

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