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One Stop Tech Shop Began Long Ago...
One Stop Tech Shop actually began when Amy Dearborn was very young. Once Amy was old enough to find the family toolbox and use the contents within her technological sparks of interest were ignited. Her destiny to be a Geek was fate. Her interest to strive and understand how things worked became an obsession. Nothing mechanical or electronic was safe from analysis or disassembly. She left, in her wake, a path of page-eared technical books, wires and project pieces. Included in this massive accumulation of tinkerings were several radios, the family vacuum cleaner, various televisions and some orphaned items that would be doubtable for anyone to successfully match to original origin.
Growing up in the 1970s, Amy Dearborn found comfort in the midst of Slinkys, Lincoln Logs, Erector sets and various electronics kits. These were good distractions but as the years progressed Amy became bored with their lack of complexity. Fortunately, in early kindergarten a teacher had noticed some of Amy’s finger-painted artwork and inquired as to explain the creation. Amy’s answer must have been something unique as the teacher flagged her for further testing. Eventually, it was determined that she had an unusual knack for abstract thought and problem solving.
This identification allowed Amy Dearborn to participate in an experimental program for learning. She flourished in the alternative ways of teaching and especially enjoyed the special interest units of Archaeology, Egyptology, and Sign Language. The program soon introduced Amy to a real desktop computer and then the Lincoln Logs & Erector sets began to gather dust.
This unique program opportunity was the key that opened the door for Amy Dearborn to delve more into computers, microprocessors and programming. While most of her classmates were stuck at public school five days a week, Amy’s schedule entailed attending class several times a week attending this special program. Amy strongly believes that this jump start into technology and the fact that the program allowed her the ability to access tools and technologies while she was so young was a major factor to her growth, motivation level and success today.
The special program ended in high school, abruptly shutting the doors on Amy’s access to advanced computing. So, in the mid-1980s, after high school, Amy Dearborn decided to pursue a technical degree to expand her computer interactions. Although desktop computers did exist at that time, they were far from what they are today. With exposure to computers but still limited to full time access and the fact that computers took years to become something more interesting than, frankly, the inside wiring of a broken dishwasher, Amy Dearborn leaned towards more of a focus in electronics and electrical engineering.
At that time, an electrical engineering was just about as close to computer engineering as one could find. Fortunately, the two technologies overlapped and meshed nicely. Needing the flexibility for high-level engineering classes and the scarce availability and need to be able to go to the classes when they were offered, Amy Dearborn started her own residential and commercial cleaning business and enrolled in college.
Amy then pursued and achieved an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Electronic Technology. After that accomplishment, Amy realized her desire to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. The cleaning business made for a perfect plan, as most of her clients allowed her a flexible schedule to complete her education. So, Amy Dearborn returned to college to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.).
Near the end of her Bachelor’s degree, Amy Dearborn participated in the college’s co-operative education program to help her land a job in the field before graduation. Her electrical and computer engineering co-op career was supposed to start with redrawing of deteriorated CAD designs at Lambert’s Point Coal Pier 6. The co-op job quickly migrated into working with the coal pier belt system’s programmable logic devices (PLC). Amy was involved in not only writing and tracking and analysis system for the intricate system of coal pier belts but also ended up programming the system.
Her next job was to design, test and implement matrix code in C+ as a Software Engineer. No offense to heavy coders but that job was quite boring for Amy and she quickly looked to find a different position. Her next pursuit was a career with Northrop Grumman, as the Navy fighter Electrical Training Engineer for the several F-14 maintenance trainers. She applied and got the job. At Northrop Grumman, Amy Dearborn created numerous, interactive, graphic heavy, computer based training (CBT) programs to train pilots and maintenance crews of this Navy fighter jet platform. This entailed in-depth and numerous periodic courseware design content reviews, maintenance trainer equipment design modifications, troubleshooting relay adjustments, computer relay malfunction programming adjustments, updates and hands-on training the maintenance crews of various leveled audience. As the F-14s were then slated for retirement, Amy Dearborn searched for her next endeavor and found one, staying with Northrop Grumman but working for a different sector.
For nine years, Amy held the position of Web Designer, Developer and Technical Editor at Northrop Grumman Technical Services, under contract to Special Operations Command – Joint Capabilities (SOC-JC), formerly known as Special Operations Command, Joint Forces Command (SOCJFCOM). Her latest SOC-JC achievements were design of a series of websites and training modules, recognized and accredited by official inspection as ideal software models for other commands.
When SOC-JC was scheduled to be relocated out of state, Amy Dearborn decided to stay local. In 2013, Amy Dearborn incorporated One Stop Tech Shop and began to spin up her website design and search engine optimization services. We are glad you stopped by to learn more about Amy Dearborn and One Stop Tech Shop. Amy Dearborn is standing by awaiting your project details. Let’s get started!