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CASTING CALL FOR ENGINEERS AND CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. Answered

National Geographic Television is looking for an experienced engineer or certified construction worker to host a new ten-part television series. The ideal candidate will have a diverse range of experience in one or more of the following industries: aviation, shipping, rail freight, construction, mining, or civil engineering. You don’t have to have an engineering degree, you just have to prove that: you have engineering experience, you love your work, and you have the ability to communicate that passion to others. Professional certification in welding, commercial diving, metal work, or electronics is desirable. The series will be broadcast on National Geographic Channels both in the United States and around the world in the second half of 2008. Send resumes and inquiries to fixes@ngs.org by October 20 2007. Better still send a video of yourself on the job to World’s Toughest Fixes, C/O National Geographic Television, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036.

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Easy Button

12 years ago

This is advertising. FLAGGED for review.

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peter_rees_tvEasy Button

Reply 12 years ago

Easy Button, Sorry you think this is advertising. I'm just trying to reach out to the Instructables community to offer them a potentially interesting opportunity. There are some extremely talented engineers and builders in these forums who may well be interested in in what I am proposing. I'm not actually selling anything as such so I hope you'll allow this message to be posted

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peter_rees_tvewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Thanks for the vote of confidence... If you are serious I'd be happy to put you in the running. Or there may be another series that I am working up that could be of more interest. In the second Idea I am putting together a team of builders to help design solutions for real scientific data gathering problems. For example, I've got a shark researcher in the Bahamas who needs to determine if the methods he is currently using to count sharks are accurate. He wants an autonomous aircraft that can fly a search pattern over Bimini lagoon and send back live images of sharks for population counting and eventual comparison to his current data. Or there is the even more sticky problem of removing garbage from entangled sea lions. The idea would be to design a device that captures and temporarily immobilizes fully grown sea lions so volunteers can safely cut away their entanglement. Personally I would love Squid Labs to become involved in this one!

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peter_rees_tvKiteman

Reply 12 years ago

That is up to you... however the animals are usually first sighted with garbage when they are on the land... and of course it is on land that we humans have the edge in terms of speed and agility.

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Kitemanpeter_rees_tv

Reply 12 years ago

Right, I've had my idea. I don't have the resources to make it, so take the idea as a freebie, pass it on to anybody that wants to run with it. I picture a bar or tube, about 3-4m long, 15-20cm diameter. Inside the tube are a row of inertia-reel belts (car seat-belt reels), about 30-45cm apart. The other ends of the belts are fastened to a second bar that can be pulled way from the larger beam. The operator jogs it up to a seal in distress and lays the main beam beside the seal. The smaller bar is lifted up and over the seal, laying the belts over the seal. Chains or strong ropes attach the ends of the two beams - when the belts are over the seal, winches in the larger beam draw the chains in, which drags the smaller beam under the seal and wrapping the belts fully around the seal. The belts will not be tight enough to do harm to the seal, but if it wriggles the inertia-reels will lock, preventing escape. The operators can then reach into the gaps between the belts and cut away at the entangling garbage. Unlatching the chain will loosen the smaller beam, letting the inertia-reels pull the belts in and letting the seal go.

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Bran

12 years ago

I find it slightly hard to believe that you are the real Peter Rees, but I'll go along with it since it sounds so cool! Sadly, I'm 13, have no degrees in anything, would love to see Eric, Christy, and quite a few others get a shot at this. I'll definitely watch.

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peter_rees_tvBran

Reply 12 years ago

OK to prove that I am indeed the real Peter Rees I can tell you that Kari is married to a surfer/artist dude and she lives near Tory in the (censored) district of San Francisco.

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peter_rees_tv

12 years ago

Just for reference, I'm the creator and for five years Executive Producer of MythBusters. I've moved on from that show to National Geographic Television. Right now I am casting for a ten part engineering series. The host will travel the world helping in some very large Civil Engineering fixes that have to happen on very short time frames. We're want our host to be from the industry, and we need to know that the work they perform is up to a standard that the companies featured on the show can rely on. Hope that helps explain

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trebuchet03peter_rees_tv

Reply 12 years ago

Nice work with Mythbusters :) I'd totally be entering into this, but alas - I'm an Engineering student and feel I lack the necessary experience (not to mention, finishing school is a priority). If only I were a bit older.... (then I'd miss out on everything happening now :p).

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Goodharttrebuchet03

Reply 12 years ago

Hmm, and I am thinking....if only I were a bit younger and could get the actual training needed....LOL

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Goodhart

12 years ago

I would love to be apart of this too, but sadly have never gotten any degrees nor certificates (although there are some that claim I am certifiable *lol*). So whomever is most qualified, I would be in full support of them.

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LasVegas

12 years ago

I'd love to see Eric and Canida host this! That would truly be a great How-To program. :)