I am responsible for the day-to-day operation of the company, including direction and co-ordination of the technical writers and artists. As a technical writer, I am able to direct the talents of both writers and artists to provide our clients with the best possible product that meets the requirements of their customers. As the remaining founder of TPA, I am fully committed to our company’s mission statement of “striving to have the highest standard of integrity, quality, and customer service.” The goal of TPA has always been to provide our clients with services that were not available with the use of their own staff.
My manufacturing experience includes the operation of machines which cut, form, stamp, weld, and paint various metal products. As a graduate of the four year apprentice program at Caterpillar Inc., I gained the training necessary to repair various machines which I had previously operated on the shop floor. During this four year period, I was also exposed to a variety of office positions dealing with engineering, tool design, parts acquisition, and technical writing.
After leaving Caterpillar, I worked with an engineering firm in which I continued to develop my technical writing expertise. During this five year period, I gained valuable experience by working with our firms' engineering staff, as well as those of a large manufacturer of electric open-pit mining trucks.
With the experience and knowledge that I had gained from my past employment, I was able to play a key role in the formation of Technical Publication Associates (TPA) in 1990. Following the formation of TPA, I have worked on a variety of projects ranging in size from small hand-held service tools to large open-pit mining trucks.
During my entire career, I have always attempted to assist our clients in providing helpful, written product documentation to their customers. If TPA can help to prevent one person from being injured by a product or help the purchaser of that product to assemble or repair it successfully, I then feel that our company has accomplished its mission.
Machine repair apprenticeship (Caterpillar Inc.)
Small business management (Bradley University)
Attained the rank of Eagle Scout (BSA)
National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)
Order of the Arrow (BSA)
Boy Scouts of America wood badge training course (advanced leadership skills training-12months)
Christian Businessmen Connection (CBMC) (http://www.cbmc.com)
The Pocket Testament League (http://www.pocketpower.org)
American Society of Manufacturing Engineers (ASME) (www.asme.org/cillinois)
Much of my free time is actively spent in adult bible studies, and CBMC weekly group meetings.
Other interests include playing golf with my son and cooking. I am a member of the Order of the Arrow and have completed the 12 month Woodbadge training course.
My one weird hobby is collecting interesting coffee cups. As I have traveled, my eye is always looking for that unique cup.
Voicemail ext: 12
Nicklaus works directly with patent attorneys, patent agents, inventors, and engineers in the work flow management, and in the creation of patent drawings. He is also responsible for working with manufacturing clients to construct detailed technical artwork for a variety of purposes. Additionally, he collaborates with TPA's writing staff to create technical illustrations and photos for product manuals to be used by consumers.
Nicklaus is trained in traditional and electronic illustration, as well as graphic design, with 18 years' experience in technical illustration. His experience includes isometric, concept and patent illustrations, photo retouching and manipulation, blueprint conversion, and basic web designing.
Illinois Central College - Graphic Design / Illustration
Northern Illinois University - Illustration
Member of Sons of American Legion (Pekin Post 44)
Member of Tazewell County Legion Riders (Vice President)
Member of Sons of AmVets (Pekin Post 169)
Member of AmVet Riders (Pekin Post 169)
Member of NRA (National Rifle Association)
Member of ISRA (Illinois State Rifle Association)
Member of Tremont Sportsman Club
HO & N Scale Model Trains
Recreational Camping and Fishing
Directs and oversees the codification work performed by TPA employees for various municipalities. This codification process encompasses the publication of new and revised ordinances, and the interaction with various municipal officials to publish these ordinances in both print and electronic media formats. These revisions may include updates to the municipality's web site. He is also responsible for the company's information network, including hardware and software upgrades. Sam works closely with our technical writers and is an important resource in the development and maintenance of electronic training materials. The translation of technical manuals into languages other than English is also his responsibility.
Sam has an extensive background in computer related business applications. These range from financial modeling to desktop publishing applications.
Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems, Bradley University
Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
Avid sports fan following Major League Baseball and College Basketball
Plays guitar for recreation
Responsible for writing, and creating operational and procedural manuals.
Account engineer, Matcor 27 yrs. Responsible for quoting, tooling, processing, preparing shop drawings & documentation for all jobs from Cat E.P.
Associate in Applied Science degree from ICC in Manufacturing Technology, 1985
Associate in Applied Science degree from ICC in Mechanical Design Technology, 1986
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Classified NRA Expert with rifle & handgun
Licensed private pilot.
Layout and design electronic documents in English to use as a source for future multi-lingual documents for publishing on the Web.
Format guide books according to customer’s mark-up and set document up for printing on paper.
Reconfigure engineer drawings into user friendly artwork to be used in operation guides.
I have worked in many areas of the graphic arts field since 1992. A few of my major responsibilities have been:
Creating and maintaining large amounts of electronic technical information.
Laying out and designing electronic documents.
Managing the writing, creating, and storing graphics (at one time I maintained over 1000 pages of text and 3000 graphics).
Creating multi-lingual typesetting (over 20 non-English languages) of documents that follow the English layout.
Designing artwork from engineering drawings for control and instrument panels.
Recreating customer artwork for marketing materials.
1990 to 1992, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; B.S. in Industrial Technology/Graphic Arts
1988 to 1990, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL; A.S in Art
I enjoy watching various sporting events that my children are a part of. I also like help with many school and church activities.
Office Support Staff
Lori is responsible for working with the technical writing staff to provide additional support for their writing, formatting, and editing needs
Lori has 30 years' experience in various departments at Caterpillar Inc. including Legal, Patent, Treasury, and Parts Distribution. Lori is now retired from Caterpillar Inc. and is currently working on a part-time basis to help us meet the needs of our clients.
More Info Coming Soon
More Info Coming Soon
The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association is an international not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 300 manufacturers of specialized farm equipment, more than 260 industry supplier companies, and 40 marketing firms. Founded in 1950, the Association is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.
IMEC was established in 1996 to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois' small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. We link your long-term plans and related goals with on-site implementation services by identifying performance gaps, solving these gaps, and building a culture to support sustained improvements. We help optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability.
The Equipment Marketing & Distribution Association (EMDA) is the international association for wholesaler-distributors and manufacturer’s representatives of agricultural and related industry equipment and parts. For generations, EMDA members have served as the vital link between manufacturers and North American retail dealers.