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    Is that in my Job Description?

    What's the daftest thing you've ever been asked/expected to fix?

    We were once asked to try and fix the bossman's running machine......

    And, yes, everything in this poll we techs at my school have at some point been asked to 'have a look' at........ 8O

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Well it would have to be the deep fat frier/fryer! it was a friday and chip day!!

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    All of the above?

    School alarm system - yes, when need to adjust lesson times and for DST.

    Heating system - nope, too old for us modern people to understand :P

    CCTV - yes.

    Make a personal purchase on Ebuyer for a staff member - yes.

    Teacher's home wifi - yes.

    Teacher's home PC - yes.

    Sewing machines - yes. One of our team spent many years as a sewing machine technician.

    Other - casette players for the languages department

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Sewing machines - yes. One of our team spent many years as a sewing machine technician.
    :?: I always though there was only Adrian and yourself?

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Well, we have an apprentice too, but yeah...

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    The school's alarm system: No - but have got a call from the office asking who is in charge of this - as if I know!

    The heating system: What's one of these then?!

    The CCTV system: Yup - one of our rotating cameras froze one day - was called to have a look & try and fix it. When I suggested rebooting the system there was panic - well, it fixes the majority of problems doesn't it? So I went ahead & done it anyways - worked a treat!

    The telephones: Yup - staff mobile phones also

    Make a personal purchase on Amazon for a staff member as it's 'too complicated': Been there - done that. Also helped a cleaner book flights & arrange a hire car for her holiday in Spain. Nearly also had to submit a claim via email for a cleaner who wanted to make a holiday insurance claim.

    Teacher's home wifi: Yup - "my wireless is broken" - ah right, whats wrong? "can't get on youtube" lol.

    Teacher's own/kid's/granny's home pc: Managed to slice my finger open & require several stitches while opening the razor sharp casing of a teachers home computer. Nice.

    Photocopiers: Not a tea break / lunch break goes by without being asked to help someone remove a paper jam, feed sheets through the copier for them as it jams when they do it (lol) or even give them a pin code reminder. Working in the same room as them is a pain sometimes!

    Sewing Machines: No thank goodness - that would be the last straw

    Other (please provide details for our entertainment): mmm, I'm trying to think of some more here....

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    I get off lightly.. just the CCTV here (but only the network bit of it). Although I did have to set up a mail franking machine once (and made a note of the PIN incase I ever had to send a parcel special delivery)

    Oh.. then there's being dragged to London *shudder* for BETT every year :?

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    All of the above apply to most I would suspect

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Anything that has blinking lights and a plug...

    We are in charge of

    Photocopiers
    CCTV
    Alarm
    Access Control
    Complus Tanoy System
    Main School Tanoy System
    School Cinema System
    School Plasma TV's
    All Video Conferencing Facilities
    Cashless Catering
    Lockers
    SIMS
    Bromcom
    Main School telephones
    Scholl Mobile Blackberry's
    All Projectors Onsite
    All Apples on site
    All Electronic Equipment in the Kitchen
    All CadCams
    Air-conditioning in ICT Suites
    Sky TV
    All Audio Visual Equipment
    Old Style OHP's
    Electronic Scoreboards
    Wall Partitions in ICT Suites
    Digital Camera's
    Camcorders
    All Interactive Whiteboards

    etc

    This is on top of the entire network with all comms infrastructure, Laptops and PC's...

    Wonder how the BSF will deal with all the additional jobs that the ICT Department does

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Quote Originally Posted by Some poor teacher
    Erm.... Do you know anything about cars?
    I laughed

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Having worked in a furniture manufactures for a few summers while at uni, I am now the resident expert on office furniture moves / desk assembly etc.

    I am the flat pack man :-)

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Where shall I start...

    CD Players /HiFis
    Stage Lights
    Photocopiers
    Phones
    Faxes
    Electrics
    Home problems

    I could go on...

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit
    Anything that has blinking lights and a plug...
    QFT.

    I'd imagine many of us are 'responsible' for anything that looks 'technical', I'm sure some of us teach too, whereas others sorta do some site-manager type stuff, who here is a SIMS officer or a data admin? Anyone here done the job of admissions?

    When you're fulfilling the job role of every other member of staff and singlehandedly running the school you have to wonder why you're paid as little as you are

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    The heating system has to be the oddest one.

    The only ones I have not been asked to look at are the CCTV system and Sewing Machines. Mostly as we don’t have them. Not had Amazon but have had E-bay.




    ”Other (please provide details for our entertainment).”
    I once had to rescue computers from the swimming pool area. Pretty sure that’s not in my job description. I didn’t half look out of place walking into a swimming area dressed smartly. Not to mention the embarrassment factor with all the female staff.

    One of the teachers had a bright idea or it might have been the teachers TA. They decided to make room in their classroom for a party by putting computers on trolleys and wheeling them into the swimming area. Not just in the swimming area but right next to the swimming pool, which was full. If that wasn’t bad enough the whole room was hot and steamy, well you all know what indoor swimming pools are like.

    Plenty of others like taking kids horse riding and another time a walk around Sherwood pines.

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    Re: Is that in my Job Description?

    You have a swimming pool? Lucky you. If we had one at least I'd have somewhere to drown people by holding their heads under water....

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