My name is Brian Barnes and I have been in a technical field ever since I graduated from Ferris State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Product Design Engineering Technology. It is also at Ferris that I started my teaching career. I taught AutoCAD as an adjunct faculty member while I attended Ferris.

I graduated from Ferris at the top of my class and worked as a bottle designer for GRAFCO Industries. GRAFCO was a PET injection stretch blow molding company. I have over 200 designs out on the market both custom and stock for companies like SKY Vodka, Banana Boat suntan oil and Brass Eagle paint balls.
I started working for a software company in Michigan in 1999 called Engineering Animation Inc. where I taught specialized visualization software called VisMockup and VisView Professional as well as software that utilized AutoCAD called FactoryCAD and FactoryFLOW. Not only did I teach but I also help to create the manuals for the classes. After a short time I became manager of the training group for EAI and was responsible for all the training and creation of the material.

EAI went on to be bought by Unigraphics Solutions which added the CAD software to the mix of packages. We ultimately ended up Siemens PLM Software and added the Teamcenter PLM suite of tools that are used by so many companies for Product Lifecycle Management.

I have taught at customers like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Otis Elevators, Baker Hughes, John Deere and Caterpillar just to name a few. 

I currently work for LabWare Global Services which is a software company located in Wilmington, DE.  I am a certified consultant and trainer for their laboratory information management systems (LIMS).
My goal for this blog  is to share the knowledge that I have gained over the last 22 years teaching and working in a technical field. It is not always easy walking into a classroom not knowing the skill levels of the individuals that are there to take your class.  I can remember a time when I had to put aside the first hour of a class just to talk about how a mouse works. We have come a long way.

My blogs will be mixed with points on technique for teaching as well as creating both instructor led material as well as web based material.

If at any time you would like to ask a question feel free to email me at Brian@teaching-tech.net

I hope you enjoy my blog. If you find it interesting and know someone else that might enjoy it please let them know about it.