Kip graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2004 and is a registered professional engineer in the States of Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas. While attending SIUE and upon graduating, Kip worked for a NASCAR Truck Series team for 6 years. Kip spent the next 8 years working for an automotive parts manufacturer, designing, building, programming, and maintaining automated industrial assembly equipment and robotic weld cells for in-house production. Kip was involved in manufacturing and testing of multiple safety critical welded automotive assemblies including steering components.
Prior to obtaining an engineering degree, Kip attended a local technical college and received an Associate of Science Degree and spent 4 years providing field service work for an industrial control valve manufacturer. Job duties included repairing, calibrating, and testing industrial control valves and related instrumentation on-site in multiple process and power generating facilities.
In addition to his professional experience, Kip has a background in automotive repair, metal fabrication, and general equipment maintenance. Experience was obtained working for local farmers, working at an auto repair shop in high school, and helping several local race teams.
Kip is a FAA Licensed Part 107 Drone Pilot (FAA Airman Certificate, Remote Pilot, Small Unmanned Aircraft System). He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).