Electrical Engineer by Trade
How it works
- Electrical Engineer by Trade
- Automation specialist (sprinklers, smart home, industrial)
- A car enthusiast – I have a keen interest in motor vehicle restoration projects and various car maintenance activities
- DIY all-rounder
Hi there! I am David, an Electrical Engineer by Trade, an automation specialist, a car enthusiast and someone who thoroughly enjoys DIY projects!
I grew up in Adelaide and, in high school, got accepted into a training program for electrical engineering that was very competitive at the time. Early on in my apprenticeship, it became apparent to those around me that I had a knack for computers. I had been interested in computers since they first came into the market (just a couple of years ago now!), and this strong interest has led me down the path of specialising in automation, particularly at a large-scale industrial level.
My ability to hone in on a task and become very dedicated to learning all about it undoubtedly played a significant role in building my strong skillset in automation. Later in my life, I was diagnosed with ADHD, which was an important piece of the puzzle for me and explained my ability and tendency to hyperfocus on areas of strong interest.
I raise neurodiversity as differences are so important to embrace. I hope anyone reading this who knows someone with ADHD or who is neurodiverse can see these differences as superpowers! I was, and continue to be, surrounded by people who could help me build on my natural strengths and interests… and this has made all the difference.
My career has spanned several industries and companies. Early on, I worked in government in streetlighting, then spent nearly 18 years building my skillset and specialising in industrial automation. This experience led to opportunities, including working in the Cooper Basin on remote oil wells; at Caroma for machinery automation, followed by Thomas Foods. I currently work as an Electrical Design Engineer on several large-scale industrial automation sites, writing software and solving complex automation challenges.
Outside my professional career, I am an automotive enthusiast! I have been restoring and building cars since I was 13. I have been actively involved in grassroots motorsport through The Mini Club of SA, which has seen a couple of series won and me building a car that I raced. I am currently working on a project with my son, restoring a 1978 mini.
I opened Gypsy Garage as a place for my interests and projects to intersect under one roof. I love a challenge and have completed projects spanning automotive (car restoration), household (cat runs, cat enclosures and bridges, and general DIY) as well as textile projects (creating large sport supporter banners).
I am a big AFL fan and have made several large eye-catching banners for games over the years. Thanks to my grandmother, I learnt how to sew and work with textiles back in the day, a skill that has come in handy! Let me know if you want to create a banner for your team or favourite player. Letter sizing, font, contrast and colour play a key role, and I have a few tricks to ensure your banner will get noticed!
Through ShowMe, I can work with you to provide advice and ideas on your DIY projects – I am an empathetic communicator and love a challenge. Whilst I can’t provide guidance on electrical requirements, I can assist with IT and general automation for the home – see the complete list below.
Please ensure you get a qualified electrician to your property for all electrical needs.
I can help you with:
- General home maintenance and DIY project advice
Problem-solving – do you need a sounding board or brainstorming session to help solve that DIY home project challenge? I ask lots of questions and often help people come up with ideas and solutions!
- Advice on building custom cat runs, houses and enclosures.
- Diagnostics questions – helping you translate ‘tech speak ‘into plain English (or to translate plain English to ‘tech speak’ to get a comprehensive list of your project requirements.
- Entertainment system design and installation (i.e. tv brackets)
- Advice on WIFI home automation systems
- General home automation advice
- Energy savings and management – heating and cooling considerations, and tips and tricks to save energy consumption
To find answers, ask questions! The customer often knows the information for the answer – we just need to put all the puzzle pieces together.