Richard Paul Spens 28515 Seven Mile Rd Livonia MI 48152
phone# (248) 474 -2799 www.antiquemachinery.com www.blacksmithandmachineshop.com
Historical Presenter: That can make history come alive and be relevent for
Recreating history is my passion and I love to talk about it. Designing and making things using
research, machine tools, and hand tools. Working with my hands. Problem solving.
Talking to anyone about anything, anywhere, at anytime.
Lawrence Technological University, 1983, BSMET in Engineering, cum laude.
Two year, High School 1000 hr. vocational certificate in machine trades 3.0 GPA.
Project/Design Engineer-Stanley Home Automation. SWK The Stanley Works 6/1986-4/1996)
Responsible for all mechanical research, design, and production support of the residential garage
door opener product line.
Requirements included UL & CSA approval and validation, manufacturing engineering, product
testing, production cost analysis, and evaluation of cost reduction/avoidance proposals.
Mechanical Designer / Mechanical Technician Bell Northern Research, NORTEL 1983 -1986
Worked with mechanical and electrical engineers on designing, fabricating, and assembling parts
and mechanisms using worst case thermodynamic functional analysis for enclosure of Modular
Integrated Voice Data System. Developed and maintained to latest revision prototypes and
documentation of computer modules. Performed product verification through functionality, noise,
vibration, and thermal tests. Assignments involved improving design, testing vibration and noise of
main power supply, EMF shielding of transformer, developing electromechanical interlocks, and
overcoming power supply bus insertion problems. Designed and built production fixtures for
factory floor use
Engineering Assistant LINK Engineering 9/1983 - 12/1983
Updated drawings to as-built, researched and assembled drawings into complete package.
General Machinist Zimmerman Engineering 1982- 1983
Maintained part tolerance on CNC lathe, Mill., Automatic screw machines General machining.
Shop Foreman Aqua Star Pools Reported to owner Summer 1979, 1980, and 81
Assured production and Set up woodworking and metalworking machinery, repaired and modified
steel processing equipment. Performed on site troubleshooting and repair. Verified stock and
delivery trucks were loaded and deliverd correctly. Set up for assembly on site .
|AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Dean's List - two years, College of engineering, Lawrence Technological University
· Dean's List - one year, Schoolcraft College
· Top 12% nationally on ACT (academic comprehension test
American Precision Museum - Individual Member
Working with machines has been a lifelong thing with me. I started building steam engines when I
was 10 years old. Researching and then making and building reproductions of historical
machines and devices using my antique machines, blacksmithng and traditional crafts is what I
enjoy most. "I see America losing its industrial base and hands-on skill, I think it's important to
keep up the interest in the young people.". I try to provide hands-on training and experience, I
manufacture wood truck, auto etc. kits and then assemble them with kids at schools club's.