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20 years ago I worked a few years as a machine designer using AutoCad. A few years ago I purchased Alibre and have been using it quite a bit for a hobby, inventing. The last 15 years I worked as an aide at a veterans home; prior to that i had worked in many engineering positions back in the days when a pencil was used; products and machines. Got pretty good at that just in time for CAD to come along. :)


work experience

KELCH CORPORATION Assistant Engineer, Engineer June 1969 - June 1975

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.

Baxter Travenol, Round Lake Illinois Senior Product Design Engineer, Biomedical Engineer May 1975 - May 1980

Dialisys and blood handling software and hardware. 3 medical device patents.

American Can Company Machine Designer June 1977 - June 1980

During this period I was working through an agency drawing on the board.

Wahl Clipper, Sterling Illinois Product Design Engineer June 1980 - June 1981

Design of new products and problem solving with existing products.

Graber Industries, Middleton, Wi Product Design Engineer June 1981 - June 1983

Redesigned the Nu Vue Blind system to use a steel roll formed channel along with the components along with many other projects.

IDEA Contract Design June 1983 - January 1989

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.

Wahl Clipper, Sterling, IL Senior Product Engineer January 1989 - June 1992

Product Development of existing products.

Self Employed, Princeton, IL Jack of all trades June 1992 - January 1995

Everything from janitorial work to designing for an excavator; it is a small town.

Techstaff of Iowa CAD Operator/Designer January 1995 - June 1999

I was learning CAD on the job; this was 2d CAD. My rate had been increased to $25/hr the last six months.

Basswood Nursing Home CNA June 1995 - June 1999

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.

Veterans Home Lasalle, IL CNA April 2000 - June 2008

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.

Secondthoughtinc it is just me :) June 2008 - May 2015

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.



Universtity of Wisconsin-Stout BS, Industrial Technology 1965 - 1969



Workstation specs: dell 490 quad processors alibre expert; it will import and export to solidworks etc.
Honors and awards: 5 US PATENTS
Interests: At my age it is all interesting until i get tired

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