I got my Associate Degree in Machine Design from Waukesha County Technical College in 1986. I immediately went to work at a small manufacturer in Wales, Wisconsin. For a couple years, all my work was done with a drafting machine and a mechanical pencil. Eventually, we got a hand-me-down system from corporate, which was IBM PS2 workstations running DOS and Anvil 5000 CAD software. Eventually, we upgraded the system to Pentium 90 computers running Microstation.
My next move was a machine design shop in Racine. I finally got to work on machines with moving parts! There, I worked on Anvil 1000 and AutoCAD, primarily designing welding machines for Delphi. I’m still very interested in manufacturing and tooling, and all things mechanical.
In 1999, the technology field was booming. I heard the ads on the radio, researched the job market, and decided to switch careers. I went to Techskills and got my MCSE certification. I was hired by an IT consulting firm in 2000, where I supported small businesses, continued my training, and learned far more than I could in school.
In April 2011, I started Great Lakes Tech Services, LLC. Our focus is small to mid-size companies in Jefferson, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties. We bring big-company technology to smaller companies. I am Microsoft MCSA certified, and I’m continually training on new technologies.
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