Making the decision to invest in GD&T training isn’t always easy. And even once you’ve made that call, you still need to pick a program that’ll teach your team what they need to know.
While the concepts of GD&T are the same no matter who’s teaching, not all training programs are equal. Our instructional approach — to focus on functional knowledge using real-world examples — is the reason why GD&T Basics is the best in the business. And that approach works so well because our staff brings a wealth of industry experience to the classroom.
Brandon John is our lead trainer and mentor. He’s also a veteran engineer and expert in design, machining, and inspection. He loves engineering. He loves learning. He loves working with and teaching engineers how to understand and solve the problems they face in their jobs.
There’s nothing he likes more than talking shop. Seriously.
He’s been working in production since 1995 — and continues to consult with and mentor many friends, neighbors, and former coworkers and clients. In his 26 years, he’s worked in every industry using all sorts of materials, from plastics to exotic metals. He understands how things are made, and his experience has taught him how to make a lot of things well.
School & Certifications
He became a licensed journeyman machinist in 2001 after receiving machining and CNC programming degrees from Oklahoma State University. He’s a certified ASME GD&T Senior-Level professional and is certified in both Inventor and SolidWorks.
Brandon started out as a machinist and designer at Caterpillar. Next, he worked for Kidd Machine as a CNC programmer. Then he went to Marvin Windows and Doors doing CNC programming, manual machining and designing parts, tooling, and fixturing in R&D. At Marvin, he also became their rapid prototyping and 3D printing specialist while managing their 3D printing department.
From there, he worked for MC Machining manually turning crankshafts for aircraft carriers. Along the way, he ran a side business teaching CNC programming for 10 years. Then he worked at Hendricks for 5 years as a CNC programmer, tool and fixture designer, and onsite trainer for Gibbs CAM software.
His next stop was Wabtec-GE Transportation, where he worked for a decade as a design engineer creating power collection systems and pantographs for trains around the world — while also operating as the resident expert on both the CMM machine and Polyworks software.
After that, Brandon joined GD&T Basics as Lead Instructor, and Wabtec became a client.
He still loves solving students’ and neighbors’ engineering problems, improving his machining skills, and nerding out on the finer points of the ASME Y14.5 standard when he’s not teaching.
If you want Brandon to help you, too, contact us and set up your GD&T training today!
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