Pat received his initial technical training in his eight years in the Navy, serving as a Reactor Operator aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS Nimitz, and as Radiological Controls Shift Supervisor while aboard the USS Emory S. Land. Pat achieved the rank of First Class Petty Officer, and E-6.
After leaving the Navy, he completed an Instrumentation and Controls Specialist Journeyman program while working for the Northern States Power Co. , now known as Xcel Energy. Pat has since worked in many industries, including power plants, paper mills, refineries, and steel mills, giving him a broad spectrum of understanding of the many applications for analyzers. His calibration skills were developed while working in a Metrology Lab for the Lubrizol Corp.