I've compiled a comprehensive employment biography covering my work experience and responsibilities spanning the last four decades. I've been refining this biography since 1982 when I started writing resumes. I never had to go through the usual job application process when entering the tech industry job market. Instead, I was always hired as a temp worker on contract through job shops (temp agencies). This was the preferred way for un-degreed tech workers like myself to get started in the industry. I used to joke about calling temp workers, employment whores, and job-shop recruiters the employer pimps. I never let up and continuously looked for work to stay employed.

Ted's Employment Biography

During the early 1980s, I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and worked as a jet mechanic in the civil service for a brief period. Fortunately, my brother Pete assisted me in securing an entry-level draftsman role, despite my lack of experience, aside from a few drafting classes I took in high school. This got me out of the grease monkey job and into something I'm more suited for.

As a veteran of the Cold War, I experienced firsthand the impact of the nation's standoff with Russia and China. In Silicon Valley, the focus was on developing national defense and homeland security technologies. One of the significant industries thriving in the area was satellite communication, driven by President Ronald Reagan's Star Wars initiative, which aimed to develop satellites that could detect and shoot down incoming ballistic threats. This led to a surge in work and funding for companies like Lockheed and FMC, which benefited smaller companies in their support network. It was a time when finding a job in the industry was relatively easy.

From my recollection, the development of the Internet started as a way for military installations and missile silos to communicate electronically. However, this technology eventually became available for public use as an open source, allowing the private sector to expand and prosper. This led to the Dot-Com boom, which began with intercompany communication through email and modem-based home-to-work communication. Private domains like AOL (America On-Line) and Netscape were then created for online social communication via email. The boom escalated when major retail companies took their businesses online, causing a frenzy that resembled a tsunami-like explosion.

1991 the Cold War ended as the Dot-Com era began taking off. The Iron Curtain between East and West Germany was dismantled, and the Soviet Union was disintegrating into separate republics. This marked a technological victory for Reagan's administration, and many defense-related tech companies began to downsize due to decreased government funding. As a result, the industry became more competitive, and adaptation to change became crucial for survival.

The field of engineering drafting design underwent a significant shift, transitioning from traditional hand-drawn sketches to computerized drawings using CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Autocad emerged as the most widely used program. However, some veteran designers resisted this change and preferred to stick to their traditional methods, reflecting the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." They were comfortable with their established techniques, but I embraced using computers in my work.

In the past, the manual approach to drawing creation proved faster than CAD, which took more time. This led to a divide between seasoned designers and new engineers who believed that CAD would ultimately replace drafters and designers. Some experienced individuals were upset as it posed a threat to their livelihood. As a tech-savvy individual, I didn't mind the discussions but observed and learned from them. It became clear that drafters and designers were the best candidates to create computerized drawings, which proved true.

Knowing how to create engineering sketches on a computer is just the beginning of engineering drawings. Drawing standards are implemented to ensure companies can effectively communicate with the U.S. government and other countries. Machinists and fabricators also have their drawing standards. The ultimate goal is to achieve clear engineering communication so that instructions are easily understood, and everyone is on the same page. You must include more than everything on a drawing and expect others to know how to build something. Many engineers found this frustrating and preferred to focus solely on engineering, leaving the drawing standards to designers and drafters. As a result, collaboration between engineering and design became crucial in the industry.

 

Silicon Valley

An ESTABLISHED CULTURE: With a reputation for hi-tech Silicon Valley continues to amaze the world with creative innovations. Silicon Valley stands out from other regions that are recognized for their steelworkers, auto workers, and the like, as it is renowned for its innovative and advanced technological ecosystem that lures some of the most brilliant tech experts from all corners of the globe. Corporations flock to this hub to harness this incomparable resource. The perpetual development of the latest technology in this valley is astounding.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, one can sense the dynamic and innovative spirit that permeates this culture. This entrepreneurial mindset has its roots in the proud history of the region's growth. Local lore attributes it to Stanford University, where student entrepreneurs like Hewlett & Packard, the Varian brothers, and Jay Watkins of Watkins & Johnson. They ventured into the valley, starting in garages and building multimillion-dollar business campuses. Palo Alto, the city surrounding Stanford University, is renowned for the famous garages where tech giants like Apple and Google started.  Facebook corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Menlo Park, while  Tesla is across the bay in Fremont, all within the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is indeed the global hub of high-tech innovation, and I'm grateful to be a part of it.

About Me

Hey there! I'm a technical design specialist from California, and I'm a pro at leveraging my creative and technical skills to solve intricate design problems while devising innovative solutions. With my extensive experience in Research and Development (R&D), I excel at product development, conceptual design, vendor fabrication, and manufacturing. My passion for this work is unwavering, and I always seek new challenges.

Drawing upon my extensive technical proficiency and experience, I quickly comprehend engineering design scenarios. My forte lies in problem-solving and devising inventive solutions, and I can contribute to any aspect of the R&D process, from ideation to product launch and manufacturing. This makes me an ideal candidate for meeting market and customer needs.

I have amassed diverse experience in multiple fields and industries throughout my career. For instance, I previously served as a design drafter in the semiconductor industry, contributing to the design of various capital equipment phases, ranging from robotics to final production chip design. I also contributed to the design of medical equipment, including body scanners, laser surgery systems, and biotech equipment for pharmaceutical production. At NASA AMES Research Center's life sciences department, I worked on a variety of space-flight equipment for experimental use on space shuttle missions. At companies like Varian, Watkins Johnson, and Teledyne I worked on satellite communications and counter-measure systems for military defense. My specialization areas include systems design, reverse engineering, new product integration (NPI), manufacturing, and sustaining engineering.

I possess expertise in various engineering domains, including Civil Engineering infrastructure, mechanical HVAC, and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams. Being based in Silicon Valley, I stay abreast of emerging technologies and scientific discoveries, enabling me to continually work with the latest advancements. In the technology industry, an individual's knowledge and experience are their most valuable assets to the business.

Skills


I am incredibly thankful for the chance to acquire and develop numerous advanced skills over four decades of work. As technology advances, my computer competency expertise has continuously evolved and improved. My proficiency has reached a professional level, and I have gained the confidence to utilize my skills effectively.

Thankful for acquiring these valuable computer skills, I've had the opportunity to work in a variety of industries. My experience includes working in military defense, semiconductor fabrication and equipment, medical devices and capital equipment, civil engineering, solar thermal, and high-end home renovations. In every work setting, my proficiency in computer skills proved to be advantageous in adjusting to my duties and meeting the demands and standards of the company.

Although I have experienced stress, anxiety, depression, and humility, I am grateful for the chance to learn new technical skills, acquire knowledge, and gain valuable lifetime experiences. The accurate measure of wealth lies in the knowledge we accumulate, as it is a priceless asset that can never be stripped from us.

UX Design & Research:

Technical Publications:

CAD-Engineering:

CAD-Architectural:




Employment History



As I look back on my past as a contractor, it's hard to ignore the stress, politics, and discrimination that came with the job. However, it wasn't all negative - I also had some great experiences, made lasting friendships, and gained knowledge that has stayed with me throughout my career. Knowledge is invaluable and can never be taken away, much like a good education.

In the early stages of my career, layoffs were a source of dread. However, as I gained more knowledge and experience, I became more confident in my skills and training, and the fear of being let go dissipated. I began to view layoffs as an opportunity to take a break or even enjoy a vacation and relaxation. Of course, I knew I would need to find another job eventually, but I only worried about it once I needed the income.

In my later years, I faced challenges related to age discrimination. Companies tend to prefer younger and less experienced candidates, who are paid less than someone like me with years of experience. This was quite disheartening. However, from a corporate owner's perspective, it makes sense to bet on new talent fresh out of school and educated in the latest technology. If I were in their shoes, I would do the same. With this in mind, I accepted that you become less valuable to the company as you get older. To remain of some value, you should help the new generation integrate into the working environment. View it as contributing to the high-tech industry to improve everyone's living standards.

It can be challenging to feel like you're being left behind in the ever-evolving world of technology, especially as you age. But it's important to remember that your experience and expertise are invaluable assets in any industry. Instead of feeling discouraged, approach each new project as an opportunity to learn and grow. As a contractor, you have the unique chance to provide support and assistance wherever needed, helping keep the cutting-edge cycle moving forward. And by contributing your skills to projects that make a real difference - like medical devices and equipment - you can take pride in knowing that you're helping to save lives. Remember that each project is a stepping stone toward your next exciting opportunity, and stay positive and hopeful for what's to come.

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE:

July 2022-Present
Writer - Author
I pursued my passion for writing and researched the historical past of the Chinatown - Honolulu Arts District and created my first fiction novel which I named "Hotel Street".

Hotel Street
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Hotel Street was the red light district and central hub of all activities in Honolulu during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The transfer of power from the Monarchy to the Provisional Government was marred by widespread corruption, leading to a chaotic atmosphere that resembled the lawless Wild West. The recent passage of the McKinley Tariff increased export taxes for Hawaii, which had previously enjoyed duty-free trade with the US.
Plantation owners wanted to annex Hawaii to save the economy and eliminate the McKinley Tariff taxes. However, this resulted in the dissolution of the Hawaiian Monarchy. King Kalakaua's health was affected by these events, and he secretly sought support from allies in California.

The journey of writing has its unique twists and turns. It takes courage to revisit the works we've created and make them better. That's precisely what I did when I finished writing "Hotel Street." I returned and reviewed my first book, "Tales from Dad's Toolshed and Mom's Footlocker." It was a collection of stories I wrote for my kids, and it followed my father's journey from immigrating to Hawaii to work in the sugar plantations to moving to California as a farmworker. The stories reflected my father's indomitable spirit and resilience in adversity. With a renewed sense of purpose, I re-wrote all the stories, added more graphics, and even used AI technology to craft some new ones. The result was a book that I named "A Fil-Am Journey." My story picks up where my parents left off when our family settled in the Silicon Valley area. It's a testament to the power of perseverance and the human spirit to overcome obstacles and create a legacy that inspires future generations.


July 2019 to 2022 Honolulu Bohemian
I pursued my passion for digital arts as an artist-designer and continued my research in behavioral graphic communications by relocating to the Honolulu Arts District, Chinatown. The Board of Directors, led by Kim Taylor Reese, granted me an art studio lease at the Chinatown Artists Lofts, which the Hawaiian Arts and Performing Arts Committee approved for participation in the Mark's Garage art exhibitions and the First Friday Events on Hotel Street. However, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic setbacks that have hindered productivity. Only now, in the summer of 2021, productivity is beginning to pick up again.



APR 2018 - July 2019
Freelance Digital Designer
Vallejo California

As a designer, I've been fortunate enough to work on various exciting projects throughout my career. From creating stunning Medical Artwork, Animated Gifs, Event Flyers, Logos, Clip Art, to tackling home renovations, I've been able to showcase my creativity and passion for design.

However, since January 2020, things have been quiet on the job front. I suspect this is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected many industries and businesses worldwide.

On the bright side, my experience designing for biotech pharmaceutical companies has given me a unique skill set. I'm well-versed in creating product handling labels that meet industry regulations and comply with FDA and GMP standards. Additionally, I've designed packing and shipping labels that conform to the international requirements of various foreign countries.

At manufacturing companies, I've had the opportunity to tackle a wide range of design challenges. I've learned and grown as a designer, from crafting artwork for product serial number nameplates to designing safety handling, hazardous materials, and product labels that guide proper operational application.


Dec 2017 - APR 2018

DRB Homes
CAD Artist, architectural-residential designer
Location: Alamo California

As an integral member of a collaborative team, I played a pivotal role in the design and execution of high-end residential renovations. My proficiency in CAD software, such as Chief Architect, proved instrumental in creating meticulous renderings, floor plans, and drawings that not only met but exceeded our clients' expectations. Working closely with the team from conceptualization to completion, I ensured that every aspect of the project was executed to perfection, resulting in visually stunning, functional, and captivating living spaces.
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Mar 2016 – Oct 2017

Heliodyne Inc. (Solidworks, Autocad, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver)
Engineering Design & Documentation Specialist
Location: Richmond California


During my previous employment, I was tasked with managing various responsibilities that pertained to subsystems. I was responsible for overseeing and coordinating activities related to these subsystems. Additionally, I contributed to developing and designing precise system weldment frames, sheet metal panels, brackets, and electronic control system assemblies. I also created plumbing and piping diagrams and assemblies, utilizing Solidworks CAD to design the assemblies. I prepared design documentation such as drawings, models, specifications, and production release documents as part of my duties. I created, approved, revised, and maintained design documentation and developed and suggested alternative design approaches whenever necessary.

Furthermore, I identified innovative product development solutions and developed, quoted, and executed plans to meet technical requirements and requests. I also assisted in the vendor selection/evaluation process. In addition, I supported the sales department with technical publications and data specification information and independently maintained installation and service manuals.

As part of my role, I engaged Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to design wiring diagrams, labels, spec sheets, and manuals. Lastly, I created, updated, and maintained BOMs, new parts, assemblies, and sub-assemblies using the FishBowl database program.


CAD Contractor:

2011 to 2012
RF BIOCIDICS,
Vacaville CA (Autodesk Inventor Professional 2012 & Autocad 2012)
Senior Designer,
As an integral member of a dynamic design team, I actively developed advanced RF and Microwave systems for disinfecting and disinfesting food products. My responsibilities primarily involved working with my colleagues to ideate, design, and test cutting-edge technologies to ensure food products' safety, quality, and nutritional value. Our team's collective efforts created highly efficient and effective systems that have revolutionized the food industry's food safety and hygiene approach. The impact of our work has been significant, and the systems we developed have significantly contributed to the enhancement of food safety standards and practices in the industry.
2008 to 2009
APPLIED MATERIALS, Fairfield, CA (Solidworks 2008 & Autocad 2008)
Contract Mechanical Cad Designer
Developer of large-scale industrial glass-coating equipment. Supported core business by collaborating with colleagues in design of capital equipment. Created conceptual layouts from engineering design reviews. Facilitated engineering changes and upgrades to existing systems by providing design drafting expertise. 2006 to 2008
ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Sunnyvale, CA (Solidworks 2008 & Autocad Revit)
Mechanical CAD Designer ECO Processor
Manufacturer of ground-breaking radio surgery medical technologies. Contributed to ongoing refinement of company’s robotic radio surgery product by writing and incorporating engineering change orders (ECOs) for new product integration of precision patient-positioning system. Created assembly and fabrication drawings for next system upgrade improvements.

2003 to 2006
I took the time off to spend quality time with my mother, who was diagnosed with cancer.


2001 to 2003
GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, San Francisco, CA (CoCreate Solid Designer, Solidworks, Autocad Revit)
Mechanical CAD Designer
The company was a prominent developer of full body scanners, x-ray imaging, medical diagnostic, and biopharmaceutical technologies, now known as GE Healthcare. During my tenure, I took the initiative to revamp the engineering design review process by creating conceptual layouts and providing drafting support to facilitate engineering

1998 to 2001
GENUS TECHNOLOGIES, Sunnyvale, CA (Pro-Engineer 2000i)
Mechanical CAD Designer
Genus Technologies is a company that specializes in the development of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems for the semiconductor industry. As a hired contractor, I supported the core business by collaborating with colleagues to design CVD and ALD capital equipment. As part of my responsibilities, I utilized my expertise in design drafting to create conceptual layouts based on engineering design reviews and facilitated engineering changes and upgrades to existing systems.

Through my contributions, I assisted the engineering team in improving the quality assurance and efficiency of the equipment, which ultimately led to more tremendous operational success for the company. 1992 to 1998
SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGIES, Sunnyvale, CA (Pro-Engineer 2000i & Autocad)
Designer/Drafter – Technical Specialist
As a developer of integrated diagnostic and tester systems for the semiconductor industry, I provided drafting and design support for new product development of integrated diagnostic systems utilizing e-beam technology. My primary responsibilities included completing conceptual design layouts and standard drafting support for innovative diagnostic systems assemblies and tester equipment for back-end semiconductor development.

1991 to 1992
LORAL FAIRCHILD, Milpitas, CA
(Autocad)
Contractor - Designer/Drafter

This division of Loral Fairchild's specializes in producing cutting-edge infrared camera surveillance systems. The systems are designed to serve in the security of both commercial and military defense sectors equally proficiently.

1989 to 1991
LOCKHEED LIFE SCIENCES @ NASA Ames Res Ctr, Moffet Field CA
(Autocad)
Contractor - Designer/Drafter

I provided drafting and design support for an experimental space flight project that catered to the requirements of various customer countries such as Japan, Germany, and the United States. My work involved providing design and drafting support for space flight project requirements, ensuring compliance with the respective customer country standards. 1988 to 1989
WATKINS JOHNSON & VARIAN, Palo Alto, CA
(Autocad & Manual drawing)
Contractor - Designer/Drafter
I was on assignment assisting a Joint Military Defense project between Watkins Johnson and Varian. Provided drafting and design support for Satellite Communications systems and provided design and standard drafting support for Signal Gun assemblies, TWT assemblies, and related power sources Satellite systems.

1982 to 1988
Teledyne CME, San Jose, CA
(Autocad & Manual drawing by hand)
Drafter
As a part of the Military Defense project, I provided extensive drafting and design support for developing Airborne and Ship launched countermeasure equipment. The project required extraordinary attention to detail, as the equipment had to be meticulously designed to ensure maximum effectiveness while being lightweight and easy to operate. My role included collaborating with engineers and project managers to develop technical drawings and blueprints and providing input on materials selection and manufacturing methods. Throughout the project, I worked closely with the team to ensure that all designs complied with government regulations and standards and that the equipment was thoroughly tested and validated before deployment.


1981 to 1982
Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF), Naval Air Station Alameda, CA

Aircraft Power plant Mechanic
So, the day after I left the Navy with honor, I got a job as a temp worker for the civil service. I was working at the Depot level, where I was responsible for breaking down and rebuilding aircraft engines for the US Navy. I worked there for only one year and didn't seek permanent employment. I didn't want to be a grease monkey.
Academics



Although I like to joke about saying I spent 30 years in junior college, the truth is that I am still eager tolearn. Evenafter leaving the US Navy, I continued taking classes and searching for courses online. I worked full-time during the day, so I could only attend evening classes, which is where my self-deprecating joke stems from. Nowadays, I spend a lot of time online, and I make sure to take advantage of every opportunity to learn. Whether it involves improving my computer skills or reading informative articles and watching educational videos, I embrace each day as a chance to grow my knowledge.

Learning something new every day is more beneficial than just reading a book. It helps keep your brain active, prevents dementia, and can keep you feeling youthful. While it may not be as easy to keep your body young, I am determined to continue learning until the end of my days. I may not be a genius like Einstein, but I am satisfied with the knowledge and abilities I have acquired over time, which sets me apart from most people.

My aspiration is to motivate individuals to always pursue knowledge and never cease learning. I continue to takes classes at local colleges and universities even to this day.


EDUCATION:

2024 Spring & sessions
University of Hawai'i Manoa OLLI, Osher Liifelong Learning Institute,
Local Hawaiian Short Story class

2023 Spring & Fall sessions
University of Hawai'i Manoa OLLI, Osher Liifelong Learning Institute,
Book writiing, Short Story writiing, ,Llfe writing classes

2022

Diamond Head Theatre, Honolullu HI. acting classes

2021
edX classes online. HTML5 and UX Design courses on line.
Online courses offered are from well know universities across the nation and abroad.

2013
UC Berkeley extension
San Francisco California - 2013
Post Baccalaureate Programs in pursuit of UX-UI design

2009-2010
LearniT Computer Traning Center & SFSU
downtown off campus center, 2009 – 2010

1997-98 / 2005-07
University of San Francisco
USF
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Science, Organizational Behavior from the College of Professional Studies, received undergraduate degree in 2007.

1991-92, 94-96
Mission Community College
Santa Clara California part-time
General Education

1983-84
DeAnza College
Cupertino California part-time
General Education

1982
Masters Institute Santa Clara California, Printed Circuit Board, PCB, design training

1981
Bay Valley Technical Institute Santa Clara California, Vocational Associate Certificate in electro-mechanical drafting.
U.S. Navy Military Service


In my turbulent teenage days, I got into a lot of trouble. I was constantly drinking or getting high on marijuana. I was going nowhere fast, so I had to change and escape this losing lifestyle. After being stuck with dishwasher and warehouse jobs due to lacking skills, I found my way out through military service.

Initially, my main objective wasn't patriotism. I aimed to acquire a skill that would enable me to secure a decent job. Fortunately, I was assigned to the Naval Air Station Alameda, AIMD (Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Division), which was so close to my home, just by requesting it. I enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate (Jet Engine Mechanic) to learn a skill. I put in a lot of effort and dedication, and it paid off as I rose to the E5-2nd Class Petty Officer rank in just three years. Despite excelling in my exams and studies, I struggled as a mechanic.

Through my military experience, I learned the importance of teamwork. All of us needed to collaborate to succeed. Being in that environment, I gained a sense of gratitude, trust in my fellow sailors, and a strong sense of pride in being a part of a team and the American military. The military served as a second father figure and helped set me on the right path. If given the opportunity, I would embark on a military career and go to sea once again. Although I have considered returning, I am humbled and honored to have served and proud to be a veteran.

MILITARY SERVICE:

1977 - 1981 Active Service / 82-83 Reserves
U.S.Navy Veteran - Honorable Discharge
Aviation Machinist Mate, PO2-ADJ (E5) Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5) Aviation Machinist Mate specializing in intermediate maintenance of jet aircraft engines and helicopter power plants. Last attached to AIMD and the HS-85 Antisubmarine Warfare Reconnaissance Squadron.