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Maintenance technician. And service tech

Eau Claire, WI
October 29, 2022

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Michael Gappa 715-***-****

Small Engine mechanic, Millwright Service Tech, Injection Mold Maintenance/Repair Tech 2, CNC programming set up and operation / industrial tool and die machinist, Climbing Arborist

Eau Claire, WI 54703


Background in industrial maintenance and as a precision CNC machinist, manual and programmable mill experience at programming and operation.Travelling Millwright service repair tech experience. Bucket elevator and grain handling equipment new construction, troubleshooting, and repair. Experienced stick and wire feed welding. As well as cutting torch, plasma cutter, and most shop equipment, the hand and power tools. Tree Removal small business owner/operator. Experienced Climbing arborist and tree removal specialist. Experienced stump grinder operation and also with heavy logging equipment and other machinery.

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Climbing Arborist/Owner

Gappa's Tree Service and Firewood Sales - Eau Claire, WI February 2014 to Present

I opened my company in 2014. I specialize in Residential Tree Removals where use of a bucket truck or use of heavy equipment is not always possible. We do a lot of winter time rooftop snow removal jobs too. Experienced with year round storm damage clean up and insurance claims, total or selective lot clearing, and also logging site clean up. Experienced at brush chipping, and also stump grinding. Experience with order taking and also order fulfillment. Bulk firewood processing, sales, distribution and delivery. Work well at extreme heights, work well outdoors year round, and able to work safely and efficiently during hazardous situations/tasks.

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

Specialty Pallet and Crate - Boyceville, WI

January 2020 to October 2020

All building and machine routine maintenance,troubleshooting, repairs, new equipment installs, and PLC programming. Welding and cutting torch used in steel fabrication. Also did oil changes and routine maintenance and basic repairs on all semi trucks and trailers. Inventory and parts ordering used daily. Did maintenance on all forklifts and Skid steer. Skid steer and forklift operation daily. Warehouse Technician/Shipping and Recieving

Chippewa Valley Bean Co - Menomonie, WI

June 2017 to November 2018

Kidney bean farm, mill, and bagging. stack 100 lb bags of kidney beans on pallets. loading and unloading shipping containers and trucks. Operated forklift and push puller attachment. Operated, maintained, and repaired scales, bagging equipment, forklifts, and all other bean harvesting, storage, and milling equipment and machinery.

Small Engine Mechanic

Farrell Equipment & Supply Company INC - Eau Claire, WI April 2017 to July 2017

Job description:

Small engine routine maintenance, troubleshooting, basic repairs to complete rebuilds of all rental equipment and also a mechanic for authorized Stihl Chainsaw Dealer Repair Shop. Experience with, but not limited to, Stihl chainsaws, gas powered pressure washers, large concrete power trowels both walk behind and rider operated machines, concrete mixers and power dump buggys, large diesel and gas powered trailer generators and air compressors, collapsible trailer sized light towers, scissors lifts, snorkel lifts, skid steers, Dingo skid steers, forklifts and 30 foot extendable boom Sky trak and RS-5 machines, etc Daily duties include changing all applicable fluids and oils, changing filters, rebuilding carburetors and full engines and transmissions, welding, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and physical component diagnosis, part ordering, and also repair/replacement per work order and machine blueprints. Experience with Primarily Honda and Kubota small engines both gas and diesel powered units. Scale Operator

Spicklers Recycling Center - Eau Claire, WI

March 2017 to July 2017

Eau Claire, WI

March 2017 to May 2017

Job description:

Scrap metal recycling center. Purchased scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and cans from customers. Operate floor scale and write purchase orders. Operate large metal shears. And sort cleaned metals. Dry Plant Operator

Red Flint Sand and Gravel Co - Eau Claire, WI

February 2016 to September 2016

MSHA certified sand mine dry plant operator. Bagged filtration gravel and sand as well as bagging and palletize concrete mix. Load semi trucks. Change over and set up all sand and gravel bagging equipment. Lots of head pulley, belt and cups, and bearing replacement. Bucket elevator, conveyor belts, overhead bins, receiving and load out equipment routine maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. Millwright/Service Technician

Northwest Grain Equipment LLC - Fall Creek, WI

April 2014 to November 2015

Job description:

Millwright work. Build new, maintain, troubleshoot and service farm sites, feed mills, agronomy plants, and bucket elevators. Heavy steel fabrication and overhead pipe installation. Bucket elevator service and repair work as well as new construction. Experienced at working at heights and with working as a team member

Skills Used: welding and cutting torch experience. Confined space and working at heights experience. Fabricated overhead piping and towers. Worked closely with other team members and with boom crane operator. Operated forklift and skid steer. New construction installation, and assembly of equipment from blueprints. Demolition of equipment and facilities. Also experience with equipment and large machinery recovery and restoration

Mold Maintenance/Mold Repair Tech 2

Phillips Plastics Corporation - Eau Claire, WI

October 2005 to April 2013

Eau Claire, WI

October 2005 to April 2013

Job description: Set up, clean, repair, change over, troubleshoot and process large injection molds, trim dies and other injection molding presses. Programmed, setup, changed over, and and operated CNC workstations and other milling centers both manual and programmable. Operated large manual surface grinders, ejector pin cutter, and 3-axis programmable and manual Bridgeport mills to fabricate custom, engrave date code and lot code pins, mold core pins and ejector pins, and all other large injection mold and trim die components. Used precision measuring equipment daily to follow strict tolerances. Programmable metal lathe and manual lathe set up and operation. Sonic acid cleaning tank experience. Overhead crane and forklift certified and used both daily. Clean room, medical assembly line experience, HAZMAT certified, ITAR certified. Corporate IQMS inventory tracking system specialist, job specific trainer. Trainer of Production Operators at 8 different Phillips Plastics Corporation facilities, experience as a processing mold tech, and material handler, and production operator. Worked very well without much supervision. Was the only tool and die tech on my shift. Good time management and communication and organizational skills used daily. Experience with CAD, Microsoft excel, PowerPoint, spreadsheet, and doing monthly preventative maintenance and corresponding PM logsheets too. Was on call every other weekend as mold tech and tool and die troubleshooting and repair Was laid off Long term due to lack of work on 4/12/2013. Education

Associate in HVAC-R

Chippewa Valley Technical College - - Eau Claire, WI September 2005 to June 2006


North High School - Eau Claire, WI

September 1999 to March 2003


• Climbing Arborist (10+ years)

• Forklift Operator (10+ years)

• Shipping And Receiving (10+ years)

• Material Handler (8 years)

• Injection Mold Maintenance and Repair Tech 2 (6 years)

• Small Engine Mechanic (10+ years)

• Industrial Maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair (10+ years)

• Cutting torch (5 years)

• Wire feed and arc welding (5 years)

• Plasma cutter (3 years)

• Mechanical Knowledge

• 10 Key Calculator

• Welding

• Manufacturing Experience

• Maintenance

• Hydraulics

• Warehouse Experience

• Inventory Control

• Forklift

• Bucket Truck Experience


• CNC Programming

• Equipment Repair

• Fabrication

• Facilities Maintenance

• Millwright

• Crane

• Machining

• Tree Care

• Blueprint Reading

• Snow Plowing

• Automotive Repair

• Programmable Logic Controllers

• Micrometer

• Precision Measuring Instruments

• Lawn Care

• Low Voltage


• Calipers

• Electrical Experience

• Supervising Experience

• Brake Repair

• Quality Assurance

• Plastics injection molding

• Assembly

• Conveyor installation

• Handyman

• Supervising experience (3 years)

• Shift management (3 years)

• Inventory control (10+ years)

• IQMS Specialist (8 years)

• Training & development (10+ years)

• Restaurant management (5 years)

• Restaurant experience (5 years)

• Food service management (3 years)

• Manufacturing

• Communication skills

• Schematics

Certifications and Licenses

Forklift Operator Certification


Forklift certified operator by Phillips Plastics Corporation, Northwest Grain Equipment, Farrell Equipment, and Chippewa Valley Bean Company


Automotive maintenance — Expert

June 2020

Knowledge of vehicles, vehicle maintenance, and repairs. Full results: Expert

Warehouse associate — Expert

June 2020

Assesses the tendencies that are important for success in warehouse roles Full results: Expert

Mechanical skills: Monitoring — Proficient

June 2020

Understanding of machine dials, gauges, displays, and data charts. Full results: Proficient

Mechanical knowledge — Highly Proficient

June 2020

Understanding and applying mechanical concepts and processes. Full results: Highly Proficient

Work style: Reliability — Highly Proficient

January 2021

Tendency to be reliable, dependable, and act with integrity at work Full results: Highly Proficient

Attention to detail — Proficient

June 2020

Identifying differences in materials, following instructions, and detecting details among distracting information.

Full results: Proficient

Manufacturing fit — Highly Proficient

January 2021

Measures the traits that are important for success in manufacturing roles Full results: Highly Proficient

Automotive maintenance — Expert

February 2021

Knowledge of vehicles, vehicle maintenance, and repairs Full results: Expert

Basic maintenance and repair — Highly Proficient

March 2022

Performing basic repairs and maintenance for apartment complexes, office buildings, and other facilities

Full results: Highly Proficient

Manufacturing fit — Proficient

September 2021

Measures the traits that are important for success in manufacturing roles Full results: Proficient

Mechanical knowledge — Highly Proficient

September 2021

Understanding and applying mechanical concepts and processes Full results: Highly Proficient

Manufacturing fit — Proficient

September 2021

Measures the traits that are important for success in manufacturing roles Full results: Proficient

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