I have cultivated myriad skills and gained a diverse array of knowledge over the past 20 years of employment and education, in multiple industries and at various levels: From maintenance and repair to design and validation, computer hardware and software to nuclear reactor control rods and school bus brake pedals.
The past year has been specializing at Element Materials as a technical writer with five years of my career at Williams Controls as a laboratory technician, performing product testing for validation and verification purposes. Previously, I was employed for two and a half years with Apple as a “Genius” computer repair technician, working on hardware and software systems, after a year and a half with Intel, maintaining quality control of semiconductor manufacturing processes.
Prior to entering the civilian sector was ten years of increasing responsibility and leadership in military operations relating to naval nuclear propulsion plants and their maintenance: Three and a half years focused on waste minimization due to maintenance and repair of nuclear pipe systems at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Industrial Maintenance Facility, and deployed as a reactor plant technician on USS Enterprise (CVN65) for four and a half years.
Element Materials Technology; Hillsboro, OR (9/2016 to present)
After a number of years of writing the reports for the testing I had performed I came to the conclusion that my talents were best served focusing primarily on this aspect of the testing process and found employment that would allow me to do so. I worked with the Quality Administrator to create a reproducible report template that includes all applicable documentation, specifications, tests with detailed steps performed, and photographs and charts or plots as necessary to be used across five laboratories in the aerospace testing group. After training all technical writers and quality administrators in the use of the templates I took on the full time report writing and distribution duties for the Hillsboro, OR testing facility.
In addition to writing the formal reports for testing conducted on site as well as assisting the other laboratories when volume necessitates the assistance I serve as the local Export Compliance Officer for the group, approving trade compliance documentation submitted by customers and auditing test processes for adherence to United States Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Williams Controls; Tigard, OR (4/2011 to 3/2014, 6/2015 to 9/2016)
Laboratory Technician II
My primary responsibilities were to conduct endurance and environmental testing to automotive industry standards (SAE J1455 & ASTM B117) for the engineering and quality departments in order to facilitate product development and validation, and verify functionality of various electronic engine throttle control components through timely and accurate reporting of test results for engineering review and approval.
Additional cross-functional responsibilities included sitting on the safety committee, conducting job hazard analyses, and hazard material operations emergency response using OSHA certification, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and first responder first aid training.
Apple; Chandler, AZ (10/2007 to 2/2010)
Initially I was hired as a “Specialist,” or member of the sales team during a holiday personnel ramp, but was quickly advanced to “Genius” role upon further review of my previous work experience.
Rather than traditional retail interactions, this was a position whose primary responsibility of customer service was completed through expedient diagnosis and repair of hardware and software issues on Apple computers with a focus on empathy and interpersonal relationships. While there I worked in Apple's UNIX-based operating system in order to write two lightweight testing and diagnostic applications to increase work efficiency as well as taught myself enough Objective-C to currently operate as an independent developer, writing iOS apps in Apple’s new Swift programming language.
Intel; Chandler, AZ(1/2006 to 8/2007)
Employed at Fab 12 in the Defect Metrology department, my primary function was to identify, quantify, and classify defects found during the semiconductor manufacturing process, then address the root causes to maximize quality factory throughput. At the secondary level it was my role to maintain the equipment, toolsets, and computer systems necessary for defect identification, leading me to become certified as an advanced repair technician on the UNIX-based electron microscope tool set. As a tertiary duty I elected to participate in safety committee and work/life well-being initiatives, including projects such as creating original safety awareness presentations for management driven initiatives.
US Navy – Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility; Pearl Harbor, HI (8/2001 to 5/2005)
Machinist’s Mate First Class (E6)
As the Controlled Industrial Facility (CIF) coordinator and Leading Petty Officer (LPO) I directly supervised 5 sailors and 3 civilians tasked with overseeing the transfer of radioactive material around the Pearl Harbor Naval base, for work, storage and disposal purposes and managed the daily allocation and schedule of Shop resources at the CIF.
As the Assisting Leading Petty Officer (ALPO), I helped to supervise twelve sailors in Shop 56N (Nuclear Pipe Fitters) while working in radiological containments on submarine support systems and test equipment and coordinated scheduling between military and civilian activities. As a Duty Section Leader, I operated as a liaison between the base command and security departments and the individual work departments to ensure up to 90 sailors were available as manpower for non-specific military, safety and security duties.
US Navy – USS Enterprise, Naval Station Norfolk; Norfolk, VA (1/1997 to 7/2001)
Machinist’s Mate Second Class (E5)
My career in the tech industry began when I served on board USS Enterprise (CVN65). During two Mediterranean deployments, as well as all of the intermediate “work up” time in between, as a Machinist’s Mate Second Class I was tasked with ensuring propulsion on demand, proper function of the nuclear propulsion plant, performing routine and emergent maintenance on engine room machinery, and appropriate casualty control response.
I qualified as the Chief Mechanical Operator (CMO) of the engine room, the senior watch station in charge of coordinating 4 junior watch stations at all times, as the ALPO, supervising between 25 and 40 sailors in 3 Main Machinery Room in general military regulations and conduct, and as the Divisional 3-M and Repair Parts LPO, writing divisional preventive maintenance schedules and coordinating nuclear and auxiliary maintenance while providing all of tools and equipment for 4 machinery rooms to conduct that maintenance.
Western Oregon University; Monmouth, OR (In Progress: Spring 2017)
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
Minor in Visual Communication Design Minor
Thomas Edison State College; Trenton, NY (In Progress: Spring 2017)
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Technology - Nuclear Engineering Technology
HAZWOPER, Oregon OSHA; Portland, OR (2015)
AED, CPR, and First Aid for First Responders, American Red Cross; Portland, OR (2015)
Blood Bourne Pathogen Prevention, American Red Cross; Portland, OR (2015)
Conducting Job Hazard Analyses, Oregon OSHA; Portland, OR (2013)
Apple Genius Hardware and Software certification; Cupertino, CA(2008)
AMAT Scanning Electron Microscope L2 Hardware and Software Repair Technician; Austin, TX (2007)
Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit; Ballston Spa, NY (1996)
Naval Nuclear Power School; Naval Training Center, Orlando, FL (1996)
Naval Nuclear Machinist’s Mate Trade School; Naval Training Center, Orlando, FL (1995)