I enjoy translating a page of plain text into simpler, easier-to-understand illustrations. On this project, I created installation instructions for a PVC fence product to be sold nationwide. Use of vector-based line art gave this document a professional, clean look that could be printed and photocopied easily.

4x6 Install Instructions for download
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The hybrid on-highway truck program is one of the few Caterpillar projects I can discuss freely because it was a US Department of Energy (DOE) project. Here is one report that explains the water pump. I created this illustration to explain where all connections were made in the cooling system. This was used throughout the program for internal and external communications.


I like to use vector (line art) to create complex diagrams. To avoid disclosing any IP, I'm showing just a portion of the system schematic I made for the turbocharger test cell for which I wrote instructions and standard work procedures. This illustration was used often and help technicians with installations and troubleshooting. 


Line art is a great medium for instruction manuals and user guides because the images are clean and the documents can be photocopied and reproduced cheaply. This is one the the first user guides I wrote and illustrated.


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As an intern and new engineer at Caterpillar, I worked on the Truck Essential Power Systems (TEPS) program--partially funded by the US Department of Energy and thus public information. I created this illustration by parking the truck near a building, taking a photo from the roof, then overlaying a Pro/E solid model of the internal components. The labels were applied in PowerPoint.