A Trip It Has Been

By derekcharacter

December 14, 2021


43 days ago

It all started where it currently takes place - Chicagoland. Something over the childhood years drew me to the technical side. Good at math, intrigued by physics, curiosity about logic and reasoning. Then, I serendipitously ended up in a drafting class in high school. I was going to be an engineer.

I started off towards the sun to learn how to be a professional. I studied in Arizona and built some sweat equity. The phone rang from Florida so I loaded up my car and my dog and took my first paychecks manufacturing electronics. I wanted to make an impact, so I kept searching for something greater. Next thing I knew I was on my way to Nevada to build automation equipment. 

I designed, programmed, managed and ramped production lines with more ins and outs than I had ever imagined. This was pretty mechanical in basis but ever so encompassing. I was lucky enough to work in an area that afforded me opportunities to wear all kinds of hats. 

My weakness was electrical. I studied mechanical and manufacturing engineering and got some OJT in programming, but never did an electrical design. So, I found a two-fold opportunity - transfer to Chicago to an internal team that did equipment design and join as a controls engineer. Boom, electrical design project.

All along, I knew the transfer home was an escape rope. I finished a few projects, filleted my rough edges and built a path to make my own way.

Pinball called me. This game, physics under the glass, video game-like modes and difficulty, and what else? Mechanical and electrical systems under the hood. This was what I had been preparing for. 

What a trip it has been.

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Comments

21 days ago

Great story. It sounds like you have all the tools to make your own company and make your own pinball machine!
Passionate people like you should!

20 days ago

Great story with a confusing ending.

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