Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just another day at work...

The department where I work at the university is trying to break into different areas, so I've been assigned to take photos of the various laboratory activities. We have a foundry which heats different metals that are poured into molds. Today, they were pouring copper.

This is very dangerous stuff and it has to be heated to about 2100 degrees F before it can be poured. It's a waiting game until then.

But it offered some pretty interesting photographs...








One of the few female students in our department...

7 comments:

Life's a Beach! said...

Deb,your job is really interesting! Which department (college) do you work for? That stuff looks HOT!

Jamqueen said...

That looks like the foundry that is in Alan's shop...or what I think it is--I've never been there in the furnace & melting part.....I'll have to ask if I can take some photos.......

Vee said...

The two photos just before the woman are especially cool! What do they do with the melted copper?

Isla Deb said...

Beck - I work in the Engineering Technology Department. It involves construction, concrete and manufacturing. I was questionable about it at first, but it's actually turning out to be pretty interesting! Not to mention the fact that if I decide to buy a house, I have a whole department of people who can check it out and tell me if it's worth the price!

Ann - You should definitely check out Alan's foundry. I bet you'd get some pretty great pics!

Vee - Thanks! They just pour the copper into molds. I'll have to get some "after" pics.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that when I went to High School, there were 2 groups. The "brownies"(college bound) and the "riff-raff."(good luck in future jobs) Guess which I was in? ha. NOW they are teaching FOUNDRY in COLLEGE!!! Be still my heart:-))
carl/debbie

Isla Deb said...

Yep, Carl/Debbie...they definitely have a lot of "hands-on" classes now at universities which makes a lot of sense. Even so, a lot of the graduates say there is still not enough of this kind of experience in college so they feel somewhat unprepared when they get out into the real life.

Paul said...

That is a very interesting post. Up in these parts they used to mold the gold they'd mine from the Hills....130 years ago....and maintain 999.99% purity. Amazing. great pictures.