I was a young boy, I was very interested in how a television set worked. That interest is
what inspired me to want to learn about electronics. I was always experimenting with
batteries, light bulbs, and electric motors. In junior high school, a class was offered in
electric house wiring. I took two years of that class and did very well. When I reached
senior high school, I had to take a class in computer programming, which was required to
do the homework for the physics class that I was taking also. It turned out that I liked
the programming more than the physics. I was interested in electronics and computers; this
is what my career is based on.
I received my initial training in electronics from the Airforce. My title, in the service, was "Television Equipment Specialist". While in the service, I obtained experience on all kinds of television equipment. Some of the things I worked on were televisions, videocassette recorders, surveillance equipment, and all kinds of television studio electronics.
After leaving the Airforce, I went back to school to learn more about computers and electronics. I was still experimenting with both on a larger scale. I was now designing and building electronic breadboards in my basement. I had also purchased one of the original TRS-80 computers that Radio Shack marketed. I was writing software just for the fun of it. When I was not in school or playing, I had a job working in a television production studio at the University of Pittsburgh. I got to maintain some very old equipment, which needed constant attention. Eventually they purchased all new equipment for the studio. I got to lay out and connect up the complete new system.
I have worked for the Ball Corporation for the last 17 years. Some of the tasks that I have performed include breadboarding, design, board layout, and testing of electronics. Other tasks include field service, system installation, and customer training. Presently I am writing software that will be used in the testing of spacecraft components.
I continue to increase my knowledge, especially in the computer field. Technology is constantly evolving; there are always many new things to learn. My career path has been interesting and has served me well.
TV control room electronics