KARL RICHARDSON

BMechEng (cont)

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SKILLS

broad base knowledge of electromechanical systems and troubleshooting, manual machining, CNC CAD/CAM, welding and metal fabrication, woodworking, basic electrical system design and construction, basic programming, pneumatics and hydraulic control systems, audio systems design and fabrication

CAREER

2015-16
Technical Assistant, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

2015-16
President, HSBNE Inc. 

2014-17
Machine / Welding Workshop Manager, HSBNE Inc

2013-15
B. MechEng. (Cont.)

2006-10
Cert. IV Engineering Heavy Fabrication – Boilermaking

 

 

BIO

Karl has worked in a variety of industrial settings from heavy shipping plant, to one-off custom research instrumentation, his career path might best be described as "unconventional". Undertaking "a meandering search for things he's never done before", Karl started his career as a boilermaker. Seeing no significant challenges in the field, and having never completed any schooling past 9th grade, Karl went to TAFE to finish secondary education, with the aim of undertaking an engineering degree at QUT. During his time there, he was presented with an opportunity to take on a leadership role in HSBNE, a state-supported Maker Space in Hamilton. Inspired by what he found there, he  explore possibilities in the Makerspace/Hackerspace world. During this time he met a vast array of people from a variety of backgrounds and gained valuable experience in crafting a functional community space and balancing the needs and wants of a diverse group of stakeholders.

Karl's meandering approach to a career has resulted in a vast array of design and fabrication skills, taking in everything from heavy fabrication to detailed electronic system design. His essential skill is an ability to provide focussed solutions wherever shortcomings are encountered, putting the needs of clients first. No technical problem is too great or too small -  Karl thrives under pressure, providing functional outcomes quickly and easily. He lives in Highgate Hill, in a most magnificent ditch among the tree tops - where birdsong harmonises with Black Sabbath.