I graduated from the University of Missouri’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program with a minor in mathematics in the spring of 2010. During my time there, I was lucky enough to intern at the world champion powerboat manufacturer Marine Technology Inc. starting in May of 2007 as a CAD technician. With Mizzou located in Columbia and MTI an hour away in Wentzville, I was only able to work during summer and winter breaks and a few weekdays throughout the semesters. I was involved with new projects and assisted in existing operations including designing custom interior parts for the cockpit and running hardware for the exterior and engine bays, creating technical drawings to send to outside manufacturers and customers, and also general equipment installation and maintenance of the boats.
After graduation, I was fortunately offered a full time position as an engineer and CAD technician. First priority was making a few minor last minute modifications to our group’s capstone project and finalizing the drawings. The plans were sent to Heritage Custom Trailer for construction and soon MTI’s first hydraulic tilt trailer was delivered. After a few smaller projects including custom stainless steel badges and hardware, one-off throttles designed from a sports car shifter, 15 foot long hull side louvers, and MTI’s first hardtop for a six person cockpit, the next big project was the MTI-V, or as it’s known now, the SV42.
Through countless hours of research, revisions, second-guessing, hypothesizing, and brainstorming, the team at MTI came up with something truly innovative. So innovative, in fact, that a patent was awarded to MTI’s president for the design of the running surface.
What resulted from that hard work was a 42 foot long center console with a beam of over 11 feet that can run better than 70 MPH with 10+ people aboard with seating for everyone and still has a cabin with a twin size bed, sink, shower and head, as well as additional storage. Alternatively, the SV42 was designed from the beginning with fishing enthusiasts in mind. The sun pads, cocktail tables, and lounges can all be swapped out for ice and fish storage, bait stations and prep tables. In either style, it looks amazing.
After finishing up with the V001 prototype in August of 2012, I accepted a position as a mechanical engineer with my father and uncle back in my hometown of Quincy, Illinois at Quincy Metal Fabricators. QMF is a high precision sheet metal company with about 30 employees and specialize in electrical and computer cabinets and enclosures. After working at MTI designing and spec’ing parts, it’s interesting to be on the opposite end manufacturing the parts from others’ designs. I believe having this 360 degree view of the whole manufacturing process is a valuable asset and provides important insight in both my full-time and freelance endeavors.