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Education & Certifications

CSU FresnoIndustrial Technology, M.S. (Honors)05/2004
CSU FresnoIndustrial Technology-CAD/CAM Systems Management, B.S. (Magna Cum Laude)12/2002
Sierra CollegeCAD Specialist Mechanical/Electrical Concentration, A.S. (Honors)06/2000
Sierra CollegeMechanical Design, A.A. (Honors)12/1999
Sierra CollegeCivil Design Drafting Technician, A.A.(Honors)12/1999
Cerro CosoCertificate in Online Teaching06/2006
SolidWorksCertified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) 12/2010

My College Courses                                       Teaching Experience

Work Experience

Merced College
Drafting Professor 08/09
Devry University Instructor, ECT Department 07/07-12/07
ITT Technical InstituteInstructor, CDD, ECT, IT Departments06/07-8/09
Fresno City CollegeInstructor, CIT Department08/05-8/09
Sportsmobile WestEngineering/Procurement Manager06/04-11/05
Neo DominionOperations Manager/ Business Startup01/04-03/04
BSK AssociatesCAD Manager/ Database Manager/ Network Administrator05/02-12/03
Kenyon Drafting and DesignDrafting Consultant12/01-03/02
Harris ManufacturingCNC Programmer01/01-01/02
Wess IccgnogleDrafting Consultant11/00-06/01
Prison Industry AuthorityEngineering Assistant/ Asst Network Administrator03/98-01/01
Placer School For AdultsInstructor01/00-11/00
Sierra CollegeDrafting Lab Assistant01/98-06/00
MJM Engineering ConsultantCivil Drafter09/98-09/99
Skyline SilversmithsComputer Engraver Operator/Programmer03/97-03/98

Summery of Qualifications

Industrial Engineering & QC

  • Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma
  • Process Refinement
  • Cycle Time Reduction
  • ERP Design & Implementation
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Process Flowcharts
  • Facility Layout
  • Egronomics
        • Inspection Conforming to GD&T
  • Statistical Process Control


  • Application of Operations Management Concepts
  • Oversee Prototyping & Production
  • Set project schedules
  • Estimate product cost
  • Procurement (Kan Ban, JIT, MRP)
  • Vendor Negotiations
  • OSHA Data Tracking
  • Report Generation

Procurement & Inventory Control

  • Oversee $45K/Week Purchasing Budget
  • Calculate EOQ & Safety Stock Levels
  • BOM Creation
  • Vendor Negotiations
  • Incomming Product Inspection
  • Oversee Yearly Inventory Counts

Mechanical Design

  • Reverse engineering
  • Design for Manufacturability
  • Design and layout of wood, Plastic Injection Molded, Machined, and formed Sheet Metal products
  • Use of Industrial Adhesives
  • Design modular office systems
  • Create 3D models in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Mechanical Desktop
  • Create 2D working drawings for shop
  • Manage Engineering Change Notices & Requests

Computer Hardware & Networking

  • Design and build systems for home and business
  • Troubleshoot hardware problems
  • Maintain & Administer, NT & Novell Networks
  • Design and administer project databases
  • Maintain computer based phone system
  • CISCO Training Courses 1&2

Visual & Multimedia Communications

  • 3D Modeling, Rendering, & Animation
  • Web Design
        • Video Editing
        • Sound Engineering


  • Program and run CNC and manual machine tools
  • Program CNC Laser and Punch Press
  • Program, run, and maintain CNC Engraver

Civil Engineering

  • Oversee Surveying
  • Draw Subdivision maps including Road sections
  • Create site maps
  • Monitor and keep records of environmental cleanup
  • Phase 1 report research & figure preparation
  • Administer client info and upkeep of Geotracker data


My Teaching Philosophy

  • Develop curriculum
  • Maintaining and updating course syllabi
  • Implementing evaluation devices of student learning to measure progress and competency
  • Evaluating student competence based on program philosophy and objectives
  • Preparing student progress reports and grade reports
  • Maintaining accurate and timely attendance records
  • Attending faculty meetings
  • Lecture in IT & CAD fields of Study
  • Oversee lab time
  • Give presentations and assist with training days for high school teachers
  • Design step-by-step instruction handouts
  • Teach using hybrid and online methodologies facilitated by:
    • Site created in FrontPage
    • Blackboard
    • Moodle
    • Proprietary Software

Software Experience 

Microsoft OfficeWord, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Project, Publisher, Frontpage, Visio1990
CAD Programs AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Pro Engineer, CADKey, IBMCAD, Inventor1994
GraphicsAdobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Captivate, CorelDraw, 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Viz, Flash1995
CAM ProgramsSmartCAM, Sigmanest, MasterCAM, CAMWorks1997
Other ProgramsLotus, Wordperfect, Dreamweaver, Netware, Groupwise, and may others.

Awards and Affiliations

Professional Organizations

Local Organizations

Volunteer Experience

  • University Vineyard Sound Team and Video Team Leader 01/01-05/04
  • CART (Clovis) Guest Lecturer 11/02
  • CSU Fresno Guest Lecturer 09/00-03/03

Courses Taught

  • Microsoft Outlook
    • Understanding of how Outlook works, and how to use the many features.
  • Computer Concepts
    • Comprehensive overview of technology today
    • Textbook
    • MS Word, Excel, Access, & PowerPoint
    • Into to
  • Computer Literacy
    • Lighter version of Computer Concepts
    • MS Word,  Excel, & PowerPoint
  • Engineering Graphics I
    • Working Drawings
    • GD&T
    • Screws
    • Welding Symbols
    • Descriptive Geometry
    • AutoCAD Solids
  • Engineering Graphics II
    • Cams
    • Gears
    • Linkages
    • Production Automation
    • Design in Industry
    • AutoDesk Inventor
  • Introduction to Drafting
    • Drawing Techniques
    • Geometric Construction
    • Multiview Drawings
    • Dimensioning
    • Tolerancing
  • Introduction to CAD
    • AutoCAD 2006
    • Interface
    • Commands
    • Drawing Techniques
    • Attributes
    • Layouts
  • 3D AutoCAD 
    • ACIS Solids
    • Primatives
    • Sketched Profiles
    • Booleans
  • SolidWorks
    • Sheetmetal
  • Physical & Computer Modeling
    • Rendering
    • Materials
    • Lights
    • Animation
    • Autodesk Viz
  • A+ Computer Hardware & Software 
  • CCNA Course 1, Networking Basics


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