Judi ( Grieger ) and I have been married for 45 years.
We have retire to our home in NE Georgia and next to the Blue Ridge
I acquired FAA certification
as an Aircraft Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic in 1966 and completed an apprenticeship
in the airline industry. Inducted into the Army during the Vietnam War, I was
awarded a Turbine Engine Mechanic MOS and became NCO-IC of the Engine Shop for
the 175th Assault Helicopter Company in the Mekong Delta at Vinh Long. After discharge,
I returned to the airline and later went to school at night to study electronics.
I worked as bench technician on aircraft electronic controls for 15 years.
with a friend at work, we became interested in computers and in the mid 70s started
to learn programming and computer interface design. At home, in an attempt to
learn how to use computers for control applications we were able to develop interfaces
to control and program devices using Radio Shack Model III computers.
methods for recertifying many of the various control devices at the airlines involved
the construction of test panels and then long arduous sequences of changing inputs
and monitoring the responses. These begged to be computer applications, and we
successfully began the implementation of computer driven testing for new applications.
We were able to design modular racks with removable interfaces and resources using
programmable switching, function generators and metering.
A group was needed
to improve the reliability of some 50 million dollars worth of Automated Test
Equipment (ATE) which the company had previously purchased. I became part of the
group. We provided maintenance, repair, diagnostic and programming support for
the ATE machines and developed circuit board level testing on our modular racks.
I left the Airlines in 1989.
I was hired as a Digital Controls Specialist for an electric utility
where we repowered a 1950s vintage steam plant to the more efficient
heat recovery technology. Turbine Engines now provide the heat source
for this highly automated facility. Four 200,000 HP Gas Turbines,
two Steam Turbines, four boilers and six electric generators are
operated by a crew of only four people.
I earned Reliabity Coordinator certification from the NERC while
employed at the system control center for the state of Florida electrical