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.