Over the last 24 months or so, I have been working on my Master’s degree in Instructional Design at Walden University. I started the journey with the idea of learning about a new field to change the trajectory of my career and I have definitely put the education I received to the test.
I graduated from Texas A&M University with my undergraduate degree in Journalism. Soon after graduating I finished my third internship with the Walt Disney Company as a Vacation Planner at Walt Disney World. I then moved back to Texas and started working for a software company, NewTek, in San Antonio.
I spent the next 10 years working my way up from their Customer Service department to becoming the lead Technical Writer for LightWave 3D. I wrote and edited the LightWave manuals, offline help system, and marketing materials.
After leaving NewTek, I moved on to Information Innovators, Inc., where I worked as a Technical Writer on a United States Air Force project. I wrote technical documentation for the Enterprise Service Desk (ESD), the Air Force’s consolidated IT support service. Much of my writing involved writing documents for technicians and policy documents for the ESD.
I was offered a contractor position with Wells Fargo as a Business Process Analyst and decided to take the jump. It was a great learning opportunity and I was able to contribute my skills to the project. Due to regulation changes, the project I was working on was cancelled so it was time for the next opportunity.
At GE Oil & Gas, I was working again as a contract technical writer and developed documentation for the Preservation department. This was a challenging assignment, as I had never worked with hardware before. (And this hardware weighed upwards of 20-tons!) I try to learn as much about the subject I am writing about and I definitely learned quite a bit about how important preservation is for protecting equipment.
After the contract with GE ended, I found work as a technical writer with GDC Technics, which designs and installs VIP aircraft interiors. For the first three months I helped write documentation for the Quality department and learned about being a Quality Assurance Auditor. An opportunity in the Learning Center opened up and I was promoted to a full-time position as a Course Developer/Technical Instructor, which is where I have been since. I currently develop online training courses and am the senior system administrator for our LMS, Cornerstone On Demand.
In my free time, I learn and practice animation and 3D modelling. I have a 3D printer and am planning to develop online training for 3D printing. I am also working on a short animated story. My wife and I take care of two dogs, an Alaskan Malamute and a Golden Retriever mix. (Both rescue dogs.)