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About the owner
College courses:
 
AC & DC electronics
Semiconductors
Algebra, Trig & Geometry
Drafting
Aviation Ground School
Audio Engineering & Recording
Machine Shop
Graphic Arts
 
Extensive self study:
 
Super Precision Bearings
Properties of materials for metals
and plastics
Dimensional Metrology
Machine tool construction
Machine tool rebuilding and scraping
Cutting tools & their related geometry
Tool and fixture design
Hole making
Tribology (Lubricants)
Motors and motor controls
Wiring, electric power & control circuits
Computers & PLC
Automotive engine rebuilding
Paints, painting & finishing techniques
Welding
My father was a hobby gunsmith, and introduced me to metals and mechanical things at an early age. My abilities really began to take shape in the early eighties when I took to restoring an old Volvo coupe. That was also my first of a dozen or more engine rebuilds. That project took seven years and a lot of effort, but in the process I acquired many tools and the knowledge of how to use them. It was in the early 90s that I decided to take machining classes at the vo-tech. This stuff came easy for me, and it wasn't long before I was thinking that "hey, I could do this at home." I began going to auctions and buying equipment. I also started the process of learning all I could about metals and machine tools. As with most things I know I learned by reading a ton of books, and the rest by trial and error.
Im lucky that I can read a book and learn from it. Of course there's no better teacher than practical experience. Before long I began taking in work on the side to my job in the printing industry. I got into CAD which was another natural, as I had spent years drafting the old fashion way. Eventually I acquired CNC machine tools. To hone my skills, I made countless drawings and programs for the many parts I already had been making manually. It's great to be at that place to say that - "If I can think it and draw it, I can make it." I've restored numerous machine tools, so these things are in my blood. There are few things I can't do or am unwilling to try. That's why I can be an asset to your company.
Another reason is the very personal service youll get by working with a sole proprietor, who is banking his reputation on the work he does for you. There's no passing the buck. I really enjoy what I'm doing, and overcoming the challenges associated with each new job. I'll have good ideas to go along with yours. Ideas that will save you time and money. After thirty years in the printing industry and hobby shopping it for years as a self taught machinist, I've been in business full time for over twelve years now. Explore my website, and if you think wed be a good fit give me a call.
 
David Conway
Owner/Operator