St. Louis, MO
Jan 2020 - Jul 2021 (1 year 6 months)
Did machining, fabrication, and design work out of my home shop. Examples of my freelance work and various recreational projects can be seen at: https://www.coroflot.com/tpende
Diamond Turning Machinist
Saint Paul, MN
Jan 2018 - Jan 2020 (2 years)
I did set-up, programming, and operation of ultra-high precision diamond turning CNC lathes and inspection of microstructures using advanced metrology techniques involving interferometers, profilometers, and confocal microscopes.
Sr. Model Maker
May 2011 - Jan 2018 (6 years 8 months)
I ran the prototype shop for the mechanical engineering product development department. Working with a team of 30-40 engineers and designers I made prototypes and fixtures using CNC & manual machining, 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, and a variety of other techniques. In addition, I did CAD design using SolidWorks, as well as functional and life testing of prototypes. I managed all aspects of the shop including: work prioritization, materials, tooling, machine maintenance, and procurement of new equipment.
Viridian Green Laser
Mar 2010 - May 2011 (1 year 2 months)
I designed and machined various specialty tools, fixtures, and prototype parts. I was also involved in production process development and supply chain improvement.
Keck's Repair Inc.
Mar 2009 - Nov 2009 (8 months)
I worked on semi-trucks, trailers, cars, and a variety of farm equipment. I was responsible for vehicle work ranging from general maintenance to complex engine and drivetrain repairs. I also regularly machined and fabricated custom parts and tools.
Owatonna Tool Company (OTC)
Aug 2004 - Feb 2009 (4 years 6 months)
I performed repair and preventative maintenance on a variety of machine tools along with facility maintenance. Additionally, I designed and made specialty tools and replacement parts using metal fabrication, welding, manual and CNC machining.