About the Designer
I spent several years in various projects and for various people in the construction trade. I have spent many summers in Alaska fixing propellers and shafts for the fishing industry; managing the machine shop and welding. I was a truck driver, worked for well drillers, and a hospital in the cabinet shop and maintenance departments. I've worked for a mechanic specializing in machine and welding.
I tried a bit of carpentry on my own, and then I finally got a break and started my own welding shop 7 years ago. I've worked on structural steel projects, sheet metal stud projects, fabricated many things, usually new idea type projects, like "can you make this work?" and I did a lot of repair where it usually includes beefing something up or reconfiguring it for strength. I am a pretty detail oriented individual so I like things to be perfect! And I'm very conscientious. I have worked for many businesses; 5 where the partnership went their own separate ways. One of those was a classic car company where I was the west Coast manager and disassembled old cars. I even worked on a farm, actually a couple of different times in my life. I am pretty creative and experienced and at many of these jobs I was called on because of that. "We have this problem... and we need this thing... can you make it work?" And I did.
One specific thing comes to mind, which seems interesting and typical. When in Alaska after one week of training everyone went fishing and I was left to fix propellers on my own. I needed some more tools so I made them out of old car parts and the next winter in machine shop I made some really great tools and brought them back up north. I like to think of new and better ways to get things done. If that sparks any questions go ahead, ask. I'm going back to work now. Thanks for reading, Bill.
- Mechanical Engineering Technology, Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI 1980.
- Business Management, Mount Hood Community College, Gresham OR, 1986.
- Machine Shop Technology, Mt Hood Community College, Gresham OR, 1986.
- Experienced as a plumber, electrician, carpenter, and some janitorial work.