L. William Somrak
Address: (available upon request)
Madison, OH. 44057
Phone: (available upon request)
Email: kb8eb@cooncat.net


APSCO International/TT Electronics  - Perry, Ohio (June 2004 - 2015 retirement)

Engineering Support Technician: Responsibilities include troubleshooting and repairing various PCBs for companies like Xerox, Kodak, and Lincoln Electric, as well as computer main boards (motherboards) for Pinnacle Systems.  I also offer In Circuit Testing (ICT) suggestions to the Test Engineering department, given my previous experience in this field.  See company website at http://www.ttelectronics.com for more information about the company and its services.

EMBEDDED PLANET - Highland Heights, Ohio (August 2002 - June 2004)

Electronic Technical Specialist: Responsibilities include troubleshooting and repairing SBCs (single board computers), manufactured with multi-layer PCBs, SMT and BGA technology.  Also responsible for writing various "Work Instructions" and contributing to the implementation of ISO 9001 - 2000 certification.  See company website at http://www.embeddedplanet.com for more information about the company and products.

MADISON COMPUTER CONSULTINGMadison, Ohio  (September 2001 – August 2002)
Independent Computer Consultant: Providing Computing solutions for SOHO, Business and home based clients.  Services include, but are not limited to: computer hardware repairs (example: troubleshooting main boards to the component level and replacing power supplies), resolving hardware and software conflicts, networking solutions, and designing and maintaining web pages.

Mentor, Ohio  (April 1995 – August 2001)

Electronic Technical Specialist/Test Engineer: Test Engineering Lead.  Responsibilities included design, development and building of new test fixtures for existing and new product lines, for both through-hole and SMT PCBs , as well as Contract Manufacturing Assemblies.  Majority of test fixtures were “bed of nails” fixtures, running CHECKSUMä Test Software.  Responsibilities also included writing and maintaining all CHECKSUMä Test programs, in compliance with ISO 9000 Software Configuration Management. Software management duties also included writing and maintaining programs written as “stand alone” and/or “executables” in PASCAL and BASIC. Technical writing responsibilities included the writing of Test Procedures (for Production Personnel) and creating drawings for new and existing test fixtures, using schematic drawing software (ORCAD). Test Hardware responsibilities included the building and maintenance of all test PC systems.  Additional Test Engineering duties included assisting Test Engineering Technicians with troubleshooting and repairing of failed PCBs or assemblies.

·         Responsible for all Production Floor test systems, fixtures, programs and procedures

·         Networked Test Computers to allow access to test data via company Novell Network

·         Assist M.I.S. (D.P.) Department with both hardware and software support  

WESTINGHOUSE NAVAL SYSTEMS DIV. – Cleveland, Ohio  (April 1989 – April 1995)

Sr. Electronic Technician: Responsibilities included the building and maintenance of test systems for various PCBs used in both the ADCAP and Mark 50 Torpedoes, including both hardware and software development and integration.  Member of the development team of the Westinghouse FTMS (Flexible Test and Measurement System) test system.  Responsibilities on the FTMS team were integration of GPIB and VXI hardware, as well as developing instrument drivers using National Instruments LabVIEWä graphical programming software.  Additional responsibilities included writing Test Procedures and parts of the FTMS Users Manual, as well as producing schematic drawings using Mini-Cad.

·         Chief Alpha tester for FTMS LabVIEWä instrument drivers

·         Software development on both PC and MAC platforms

·         Military Standard 454 Solder Certified  

Mentor, Ohio  (August 1988 – April 1989)

Electronic Technician: Responsibilities included troubleshooting and repairing various PCBs, and wiring chassis for Contract Manufacturing products.  


Associates Degree in Electronic Technology (Microprocessor Option) – Lakeland Community College, Mentor, Oh.
Bachelor of Science Elementary Education - Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
Courses in Machine Design and Drafting, Cleveland Engineering Institute, Cleveland, Ohio


Independent Webmaster Services (Personal Web Pages)
Independent Computer Consultant Services (Custom Computer systems, PC Repairs/Enhancements)
40 Years of practical computing experience
Extra Class Amateur Radio License
American Red Cross VIP Blood Donor (18+ gallons)