Mitch graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1993 and is a registered professional engineer in several states. Upon obtaining his engineering degree, Mitch performed thermodynamic and economic analysis for coal fired, combined cycle and nuclear power plants. He later took on the role of a product development engineer, developing and testing cast and machined automotive structural components. He then moved into the position of a senior design engineer for a heavy equipment manufacturer evaluating and rectifying premature failures and addressing various manufacturing concerns on a large mining vehicle product. In 2000, Mitch founded a consulting company which specialized in the design and development of ferrous and non-ferrous cast structural components in the automotive sector.
In addition to his professional experience, Mitch has a background in residential construction, automotive repair and tinkering with all things mechanical. A substantial portion of his experience originates from his participation in a couple of family businesses, including home construction and the operation of an automotive repairs garage. Mitch is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Tau Beta Pi (the national engineering honor society).