My Approach

Focus, passion and efficiency are hallmarks of my designs and my engineering process.  Most people consider the inner workings of a coffee maker, air conditioner, food composter, or padlock to be mundane.  But not me.  I love figuring out how things work, how they can be improved, and how they can be manufactured at a profit.

My History

Thirty years ago I began my engineering career as an intern writing computer programs on a mainframe at an aerospace giant.  That was followed by several years doing advanced design studies and development of aircraft equipment installations at the same company.  A stint elsewhere designing medical products followed, and then I worked in product development and standardization at an electric motor manufacturer.

And then things got interesting.  I hit the road and became an independent engineer hired on a contract basis. I successfully completed a wide variety of projects in aerospace, transportation, medical products, consumer goods, and computer peripherals.  I was always asked to stay for extra projects by each client.  During this time I also pursued a surprisingly successful mini-career as an artist.

I eventually settled down for the next 13 years at a product development consulting company near Madison, Wisconsin.  During that time I learned an immense amount about product design, brainstorming and concept development, injection molding, project management and client relations.  I also received a handful of patents.

While continuing to work full time at the product development company, I started a company, KVgear, to design, manufacture and sell accessories for the musical instrument market.  This was done out of a desire for additional challenge and growth.  As KVgear continues to grow, it provides an ever-increasing outlet for my creativity and natural penchant for optimization.

Rafferty Engineering was formed in 2017 to allow me to deliver engineering and design services as an independent consultant.  Projects can be completed successfully regardless of your physical location.  For those clients who appreciate face-to-face meetings, my location in Madison, WI, allows for on-site visits throughout the upper Midwest.  Travel elsewhere can be negotiated.

-Mike Rafferty

Ready for you...

I love challenges and look forward to working with new clients.  Send me an email to begin a discussion about your project.   After getting the particulars, I'll prepare a quote that outlines the work to be accomplished, the timeline and associated costs.

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