This summer I am a roofer and I also cut down trees and haul wood with my father-in-law.  While doing these things I feel very masculine.  What is the manliest job you have done, paid or volunteer?

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That actually sounds like a wicked cool job.

I really ain't all that sure... Freight-handler comes to mind, at various stores and at a marketplace (not sure if its the right term though).

I was chosen to become a Tool and Die Maker apprentice.  For those who are unfamiliar with the position, it involves many processes, including repair, upkeep, and alterations of die cast dies, manufacturing of special projects by engineers for use in assembly lines, and repair of trim dies.  The equipment I used for all these included manual milling machines, manual lathes, CNC machines, surface grinders, drill presses, die and pencil grinders, TIG welding, EDM sinkers and wire, hardness testers, bandsaws, and precision layout components.  I had to learn how to use calipers, micrometers, thread gages, and everything else a machinist might use.  I also had to machine everything from stainless steel, cold work steel, aluminum, brass, and even nylon.  I spent four years taking classes related to the position, and just about the time I had about 1500 hours to receive my journeyman's card, the apprenticeship was dissolved back in the crash of '08.  I had to leave the company due to the pay cut (the apprentices were forced to go back to the position they held prior).  I was going to lose $9 a hour, so I went into production machining at a different company.

Not an actual job, but doing self-repairs on my automobiles, at times with my uncle's help, such as changing out a bad fuel pump.

Airborne Infantry...only recently even opened up to females. ( and I've yet to see any)

Engineer in the Merchant Marine on a tugboat count?

I was a structural steel plate fitter. Worked on some large architecturally exposed steel for stadiums and airports. Pretty cool job.

apprentice of construction worker and car washer, does that counts as manly?

I'm an electrician. My last job had me sewing undergarments. Either one is manly in my opinion. It all depends on how you own it.

I was an iron connector for some years, did the high steel work.

Framed houses for about 20 years.

Both of these were while being a farmer. Still farm full time. Before the farm couldn't pay a living wage so I had to substitute.

So now I weld, repair and turn a wrench when needed. Otherwise, run the equipment 

  • Father - the job that never ends, does not get paid money, but has the highest value-of-return
  • Heavy Machinery Operator - helped my step-dad with backhoes and dozers
  • Landscaper - helped my dad with his company
  • Machinist - machined archery parts
  • USAF Officer - got to fly airplanes
  • Flight Operations - touch, feel, see, smell airplanes
  • Engineer - solving airplane problems
  • Musician - can't believe I've actually been paid to do this
  • Camp Counselor - camp for orphans in China

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