HARTNESS INTERNATIONAL －
I assemble custom machinery for the packaging industry. I am a hands on worker who feels comfortable with a tool in his hand. I work with our engineers when a problem arises to come to a quick solution that the customer and all involved will be satisfied with. I love a challenge, and am used to working in a fast paced group environment. I enjoy training others and will share knowledge readily. I have assembled a vast variety of machine models and types. I have a knowledge of pneumatic equipped machinery which we use extensively. I can also wire machinery and do basic troubleshooting. I can read read mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic blueprints. I also have experience building and shipping updates for existing machinery. I am usually lead mechanic on every piece of equipment that I am involved with. I try to create a low stress environment when working with others no matter what the situation is, I feel that new workers especially benefit from this.
May 1996－May 1998
I was hired to help operate knitting machines starting off at a bottom of the line position inspecting cloth for defects. After a few months I was promoted to knitter. When I wasn't knitting I helped to repair the machines and was promoted to Fixer Technician. This was a fast paced position repairing broken down machines to keep the product flowing. After a couple of years I decided I wanted to build machinery rather than operate and repair it.
Jun 1989－Dec 1992
Europa Carton Ag －
After exiting the Military in 1991, I decided to return to Germany. Having gotten to know many of the local people. I received a work Visa and contacted a temp agency. They sent me to Europa Carton where I worked as a machine operator and after 90 days was hired. After a while they could see I taught myself how to set up carton gluing and forming machines. Eventually, I was made machine team leader. We made cereal boxes, beer carriers, and so fourth. I learned my attention to quality from the Germans. No matter what job you are doing.
Pershing missile crewman
Apr 1983－Apr 1989
UNITED STATES ARMY
After basic training I was sent to Lawton Oklahoma where I received my training as a Pershing missile crewman.This was an itermediate range nuclear missile. The duties included operation and maintenance of the missile, including our armada of trucks and equipment.This was a mobile missile. I qualified and was chosen to be a crewman on two combat alert sites, where I was the launcher operator. With various targets in the former Soviet Union. I worked on the Pershing 1 and Pershing 2 systems. Soon after the launch of the Pershing 2 system,President Ronald Reagan signed the SALT treaty with the Russians and my job was in decline. I found it hard to get promoted, and many soldiers were leaving the military under the early out program. After being repeatedly passed over to be promoted from corporal to sargeant, I decided it was time to exit the military.