My name is Kris Shearer. I taught math at Capitan High School from 2002 until 2013, but before that I was an engineer in California for over 25 years.
Currently I am enjoying my retirement by taking a major road trip from Capitan, NM to Anchorage, AK and then back. You can check out my adventures at the Shearer family web site.
The type of engineering that I did was Quality Systems Engineering. This means that I worked to make sure that my company's products met all the requirements from our customers. My job had three main parts: quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement. My math and statistics background came in very handy when I worked to improve methods and processes.
I started out by writing procedures that told our workers how to do their jobs correctly, and I taught classes to employees in a variey of subjects that helped them do their jobs better. I worked closely with manufacturing and engineering to make sure that our rules were reasonable and that when things could be done better we made the change. Some of the jobs I had were for companies making o-rings, photomasks and reticles, semiconductor steppers, and photolithographic optical switches.
I have been married since 1968 and have one son and three grandsons. My husband, Steve, and I live in an adobe house with walls that are about two feet thick. This is perfect for living in the desert as the house stays cool in the summer. We have a photo electric system on our roof and do not pay any electric bills during the summer. We also collect and use rain water because the well water is hard, smells like sulfur, and has enough iron to dye your clothes orange. We have two cats and one dog plus various wild animals that like to visit on our land.
To find out more about me, you can visit my family web site.
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