KELCH at that time was a small custom injection molder and manufacturer gas gauges for lawn mowers etc. Also they made traffic cones. I was a designer and coordinator on many of the small company projects including machines and products.
Dialisys and blood handling software and hardware. 3 medical device patents.
During this period I was working through an agency drawing on the board.
Design of new products and problem solving with existing products.
Redesigned the Nu Vue Blind system to use a steel roll formed channel along with the components along with many other projects.
Contract design primarily for Oscar Mayer as machine designer and Rayovac as product designer but also did work for many companies in the Madison area.
Product Development of existing products.
Everything from janitorial work to designing for an excavator; it is a small town.
I was learning CAD on the job; this was 2d CAD. My rate had been increased to $25/hr the last six months.
I answered an advertisement for a CNA training position that included schooling thinking that I would do it part time; a Mother Theresa type thing.
A coworker at Basswood and I attended a job fair at the Veterans Home and both went to work there as aides. I was surprised to find that I really felt good about working there and so what started as a part time thing ended up full time and I stayed until retirement in 2008.
I had an idea for making structural plates that i thought was going to change the world and started secondthoughtinc to market it :). If you google gusset plate construction patent application it is still available to see; google is forever evidently. Someone beat me to it by 6 years. Anyway, since then I have worked on many things and recently did get a patent on gusset block construction and have recieved many calls from people wanting me to pay them to market it. US 8898989 B2. I will get it uploaded to GrabCad soon.