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Summary

My immersive passion for my drafting work and high attention to its detail are in alignment with criteria for unparalleled client satisfaction and commitment to quality, service and reliability. With my high focus and client-centered approach, I enjoy challenges and working hard on a project to the end that I feel I truly “own” my contribution.  A reliable self-starter motivated toward production, I am fueled by the pursuit of meaningful work in which I can enlist my dedication.  I feel my quest for excellence, experience, education, and exceptional eye for precision detail and accuracy, combined with my inherent artistic skills/talents, make me a strong candidate.

Work History

Aug 2016Present

Technical Writer/Technical Illustrator

Nordson-Asymtek , Carlsbad, CA (temp thru Aerotek)

www.nordsonasymtek.com

Division of Engineering Services:  Create, develop, plan, write, and edit installation, operation, maintenance, training, user guides, addendums, etc., for technical publications.  Assignments involve problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.  Conduct interviews with various users and technical staff to gather appropriate documentation information for intended audience.  Research and translate technical information into manuals and/or web-based documents.  Document engineering processes, specifications and manufacturing instructions.  Recommend formats responsive to company, customer and agency requirements.  Perform desktop publishing on translated manuals to ensure formats, indexing, page counts and revisions consistent with English manuals.  Utilize software (MS Word, Photoshop, SolidWorks) to create 2D images from existing 3D models.

Apr 2014Sep 2015

Mechanical CAD Drafter II/Technical Illustrator

BMT Scientific Marine Services, Escondido, CA (temp-to-hire thru Kelly Engineering Resources)

www.scimar.com

Made and altered mechanical/electrical drawings (isometric, exploded, orthographic, auxiliary, section and detail views) to document system design, assembly and testing.  Used CAD to develop 3D models for brackets, carriages, ROV tools, etc., and drawings.  Interpreted engineering specifications in AutoCAD and SolidWorks.  Created Block Diagrams, General Arrangements, Interface, Assembly, Fabrication, Wiring Diagrams, and QA drawings.  Edited AutoCAD and SolidWorks diagrams as needed (including per engineer or senior drafter input).  Inserted notes, callouts, blocks, parts lists to properly annotate documents.  Researched vendor catalogs to gather data for drawings.  Worked independently and in team environment with diverse groups (electromechanical engineering, scientific, and marine operations staff).  Conferred with and provided input to other designers and engineers on drawings.  Added value to employer by generating original illustrative concept art to produce 3D SolidWorks renderings of products (company-built in SolidWorks) to showcase for publication/marketing purposes. Also: Excel, Power Point, PDM vault

Mar 2014Apr 2014

Technical Illustrator/Mechanical Drafter

Continental Data Graphics (San Diego, CA) (temp thru Aerotek Government Services)

www.cdgnow.com

For technical manuals:  1) AutoCAD-drafted Boeing airliner parts (737, 777); 2) researched, analyzed and collected appropriate technical data and drawings/legacy art for insertion into illustrations and preparation of illustrative graphics; 3) created visually readable views (isometric, exploded, orthographic, auxiliary, section, cut-away, detail); 4) inserted notes, callouts, blocks, parts lists to properly annotate documents; 5) vector/raster conversion for graphic updating.  Interfaced daily with Parts Listers to revise illustrations and resolve discrepancies for airliner part maintenance.

Jun 2000Jul 2012

Technical Illustrator II (Collision Graphics Dept.)

Mitchell International, Inc. (San Diego, CA) (auto repair manual publisher)

www.mitchell.com

Drew vehicle assembly isometric exploded views, orthographic/isometric/plan and sectional/cut-away views.  Reproduced vehicle photographic images into detailed technical AutoCAD drawings.  Imported various file types (JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF, etc.) into AutoCAD for creation of technical manual drawings.  Prepared drawings for collision repair manuals:  Lower body:  Hand-drew vehicle frame, imported into/redrew in AutoCAD, input dimensions and callouts of measuring points.  Took photos of vehicle frame, imported into Photoshop for stitching together (photo sizing-placement-merging into one complete/seamless, large, entire-vehicle composite.  Upper body:  Imported photos into AutoCAD, reproduced in AutoCAD all vehicle openings, input dimensions, placed arrows.  Produced for identification purpose thumbnail picture/icon database of all vehicles via Photoshop vehicle image import, with image alteration/graphic enhancement as necessary.  Wrote job-duties procedural information for in-house use.  Added value to employer by enhancing CAD renderings with application of stylized art to CAD drawings and by infusing award-winning originality as part of commitment to excellence and the spirit of invention.

Per selection by supervisory personnel, single-handedly:

1.  Created illustration database of:  a) all vehicles for insurance damage-estimating purposes; b) emblems for all vehicle makes/models, [used by Mitchell staff as publication icons]; c) block Parts Library to expedite Mitchell staff work flow (self-initiated idea);

2.  For airbag identification in Rescuer Guide to Vehicle Safety Equipment, all makes/ models:  a) created vehicle sectional/cut-away-view illustrations to show airbag placement, which included creating from scratch drawings of vehicle interior/exterior; b) designed icon library/all callouts for this;

3.  Implemented color graphics (imported graphics into Photoshop for identification colors of special metals).  Created legend, placed on drawing to call out particular color, then added pre-specified colors to specific parts;

4.  Designed and illustrated repair manual cover for Collision Automotive Dimensions Manual for all vehicle makes/models, domestic/imported.

5.  Illustrated all vehicle makes/models, domestic/imported, in AutoCAD for calling out of all individual glass locations (National Auto Glass Specifications Manual).

Education

May 2014May 2014

Certificate of Achievement in Mechanical Design. Certificate of Achievement in Computer-Aided Drafting & Design w/Engineering Emphasis.

MiraCosta College
Aug 2013May 2014

MiraCosta College

www.miracosta.edu

Courses for above two Certificates of Achievement, including:

1.  Advanced 3D Modeling & Prototyping/ Printing

2.  Manufacturing Processes

3.  Graphics Communication

4. 3D Printing, Cube, Dimensions 1200, PrinterBot, ZCorp 450, UP!

(using AutoCAD 2014 & SolidWorks 2013-14)

Jun 2013Dec 2013

SolidWorks 2014 Essential Training

www.lynda.com

Course Completion

Jun 1997May 1999

Three AutoCAD Drafting Certificates of Achievement:

Palomar College

1) Computer-Aided Drafting;

2) Drafting Technology-Technical

3) Electro/Mechanical Drafting & Design

Membership Activities

Member, Palomar College Drafting Advisory Committee

Publications - Awards - Exhibits

  • SolidWorks exhibit:  Rendering of MiraCosta College seal for manufacture/podium/Dean's office display
  • SolidWorks on-line publication:  Earned SolidWorks editor contact and article write-up upon submission of SolidWorks pictorial rendering (USS Consitution)
  • Book publications:  1) Textbook:  AutoCAD and its Applications - Advanced 2000 (Goodheart Wilcox Co., Dec. 1999, Pg. 498, hard cover):  1957 Chevy BelAir AutoCAD isometric assembly drawing; 2) Book:  Kodak-The Joy of Photography (Editors of Eastman Kodak Co, 1979) :  1st Place winning photo (texture category), Kodak International Photo Contest
  • Magazine publications:  1) The Artist's Magazine (F & W Publications, Inc., Nov. 1994, Pg. 60), National Competition (pen-and-ink category), 1st Place (Union Pacific 4-12-2) and feature article; 2) Rancho Magazine (Pomerado News, 1994), Artist of the Month, feature article on innovative artistic style 3) Truck Magazine: Airbrushed tailgate mural.
  • AutoCAD technical illustration of product for brochure/box/web site, commissioning by local multimillion-dollar company (SpeedPlay, Inc.)
  • Awards:  1) 1st Place (Union Pacific 4-12-2) + feature article, The Artist's Magazine National Competition, pen-and-ink category (1994); 2) 1st Place/Best of Show (USS Constitution), Del Mar Fair AutoCAD Competition (1999); 2nd Place, San Diego County Fair SolidWorks Competition (2014); 3) 1st place San Francisco Examiner photography contest (color slide)
  • TV commercials/magazines/auto shows: featuring custom auto painting, including airbrushed murals/graphics
  • Fine art exhibits: Village Gallery and Seaside Gallery (Lahaina, HI), Village Galleries (Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kapalua, HI), Kalama Gallery (Kihei, HI), Image Graphics (La Jolla, CA), Hasson Gallery (Laguna, CA), Gallery of Arts (San Diego, CA)
  • Museum:  Custom self-built up/painted bicycle:  Shimano Bicycle Museum, Osaka, Japan 

Portfolio

All of my illustrations are built from reference photos or holding model parts in hand.

               

Marketing

Trade shows, Catalogs, Brochures, Office walls, Etc. I'll make your product POP!

Fine Art

Examples of my work

Solidworks USS Constitution Project + more

Detail renderings of 'Old Ironsides'