I spent 6 years in the US military (Army) as a radar technician on the Raytheon ‘Hawk’ anti-aircraft missile system. Upon discharge I enrolled in the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation I was hired by General Electric and spent 13 years with them in the Installation & Service Engineering group out of Dallas, TX. I was primarily responsible for handling the service engineering needs for one customer, Texas Utilities, on GE dragline DC and AC rotating equipment and dc drives.
Due to the specific needs of Texas Utilities I accepted an offer from them to join their operation support team out of Dallas that handled the electrical support needs of the mines that utilized the dragline and shovels with the GE equipment noted above. I served in this role for 22 years in various capacities and retired from them in 2007.
Following my retirement from Texas Utilities I joined a small company. Drives & Controls Services, Inc. formed by several engineers I knew from my days with GE. I was sent to Australia to handle installation, start-up and troubleshooting on dragline control system upgrades the company was doing for various surface coal mining companies in Queensland, Australia. I was there for 8 months and returned to the US to handle the same business for surface coal mining companies in the US. Following my time with DCS I retired from them and ended up going back to Texas Utilities as an electrical instructor, teaching basic electrical subjects to young high school graduates that were being requited by the power plants of Texas Utilities. The students enrolled in the program received cross training in both electrical and mechanical subjects. The purpose of the complete two program would qualify them to work as general maintenance personnel within the TXU power plant operations in the state of Texas.
I currently hold both an active PE License (#72743) and active Master Electricians License (#27471) in the state of Texas.