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KLAUS O. STAERKER

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My drafting career started in 1951; I served a rigorous apprenticeship to be a telephone mechanic in a German steel mill. Besides high expectations for work quality and accuracy, high standards for personal discipline and performance efforts were demanded. Each weekly work log page required a technical work-related drawing in pencil and to DIN standards. Additionally, I attended technical night school classes. All drawings were made on vellum and with India ink. I worked two years (1960-1962) as draftsman/designer in the Electrical Engineering Department at a tobacco company in Winston-Salem, N.C. Duties included: Motor Control Center design, building and equipment layout, electrical drawings. All work was done with pencil on linen and E-pencils on vinyl. In 1988 I started using AUTOCAD. I worked as Process Engineer and Mechanical Engineer in a steel mill in Kentucky. My primary jobs that involved drafting centered on equipment modifications and new designs. Since my retirement (down-sizing victim) in 1992, I have been active remodeling and constructing parts of residences and small businesses, and the ability to generate accurate drawings has given me a valuable tool to produce practical solutions to problems with old buildings. One added, and rather enjoyable job, was the construction of large scale model train structures. I generated the pattern of steel and stone structures on AUTOCAD, and then I transferred the drawings to a vinyl cutting machine, i.e.: a plotter with a knife. I enjoy working and the results of successful jobs. I have pride in my work. I have a strong work ethic, and I believe in John L. Lewis’ tenet: “A fair day’s wages for a fair day’s labor.”

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