My name is Ryan Alford and this is my story. I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1999. I began my career working on CH53E helicopters. I did 5 years in the Marine Corps before getting out and working on Army aircraft as a civilian contractor. I went to aviation powerplant school after the military and even though I graduated, I never got my A&P license. I learned real quick that I didn't need it. When I graduated I went to work for DynCorp International as a sheet metal fabricator/repair tech. This is when my love for sheet metal fabrication began. I learned how to work with aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, mild steel, carbon fiber, kevlar, and fiberglass. I learned how to heat treat parts, build molds, and fabricate almost anything I want out of these materials. I still have so much to learn but I am bringing what I have learned to my business and sharing it with the world. From DynCorp International I went to work for SpaceX in McGregor, Tx. At SpaceX my main job for 3 years was working on the 1st stage rocket. I can't even begin to explain all of the work I did and the things I've learned there. After 4 1/2 years at SpaceX I moved on to Blue Origin. I am currently an Integration Engineer (test technician) at Blue Origin and my mind is set on this being my last job working for someone else. After this, I will be a self employed individual building what I want, when I want, how I want, and I hope to share my ideas with the world for many years to come.