In December of 2011, I achieved the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Master Marine Technician designation with three certifications: marine electrical, corrosion, and systems.

Special project: Marine corrosion and electrical safety survey procedure

Using classroom and published reference materials, I developed a comprehensive yet efficient Marine Corrosion and Electrical Safety Survey.

The procedure passed review, with few edits, by a highly experienced master boat survey professional and retired merchant marine academy engineering instructor (who also teaches the ABYC Marine Corrosion course).

Viking Yachts

While employed by a contract publishing house, I edited and updated at least a dozen Operation and Maintenance manuals for the Viking yacht company.

Existing manuals were rife with incorrect or problematic procedures and illustrations. Brought the problem to management's attention, then pro-actively worked overtime at an accelerated pace to fix manuals before any more went to customers.

AmClyde Engineering

(now National Oilwell)

St. Paul, MN

U S Navy


the electrician "who always comes back"

Electrician—Maintained, operated, and repaired motors, generators, lighting, and power distribution equipment, mostly on aircraft carrier (CV-59). Transferred to a diesel-electric-powered sub tender were I spent almost a year.

Was a competent troubleshooter of electrical circuits, often fixing circuit problems no one else could figure out

Just for fun, wrote a 40-question test for operators of generator switchboards.

Within just a few months of requesting admittance to the CV-59 engine room electrician team, was the only electrician to be allowed charge of two main machinery rooms (there were four main and two auxiliary).

I was able to keep my two engine rooms virtually trouble-free at all times due to proactive preventive maintenance and quickly fixing anything that was out of commission. Note that I had been in the Navy little over 2 years and had learned everything on-the-job, i.e., no classroom training school.

Was known by the engine room machinists as the electrician "who always comes back"—meaning that if I happened to be the one who responded to a trouble call, I did not simply take a look and leave, never to be seen again. I always returned as soon as possible to fix the problem.

Today, that same dedication to service and quality is enjoyed by my clients, employers, and users of my writing.

On the sub tender, just for fun became qualified for generator watch and stood generator watches underway (I volunteered for this, as I was not part of the ship's electrician crew and was not required to stand engineering watches). While in port made repairs to submarine electrical equipment.