Upon receiving my Engineering Design and Drafting Technology Diploma from Lethbridge Community College, I entered the workforce as a draftsperson for Honey Bee Mfg. where I was introduced to SolidWorks, taking designs from the Chief Designer and creating or modifying 3D models and creating manufacturing drawings that could be used for production of the parts. Further to that, I created large-scale assemblies, complete with exploded views and detailed Bills of Materials with instructions on how to assemble the products.
10 years later, I moved on to Enduron Inc. where I spent two years reverse engineering and recreating 3D models from 2D drawings and engineering specs from various customers and creating in-house drawings that would be used for manufacturing the final product. During that time, I had the privilege of working on large projects such as the Vanair Vixen 9 hovercraft where I used design sketches to recreate the full hovercraft assembly in 3D using SolidWorks, then worked with the in-house welders and machine operators as they created a full-size, working prototype.
The next five years found me in a Technical Support role for Automated Design Systems, now known as Javelin Technologies, where I would spend my days taking calls from other engineers and drafters that used SolidWorks to help them troubleshoot the program and offer advice on the best way to create a specific model. Through this role and training with ADS/Javelin Technologies, I was able to become a Certified SolidWorks Expert (view here, click ‘Certified Users’ at top left), with certifications in Core Solid-Modeling, Advanced Drafting Techniques, Sheet Metal, Weldments, and Surfacing as well as Support Technician certifications for SolidWorks. With an in-depth knowledge of the SolidWorks drafting software and a knack for looking at things from different perspectives, I am well-suited to taking your ideas and creating something visual that can be used to create a real-life product.