Russel Pasewald started his machining career at San Diego City College. Once completing his A.S. in Machine Technology, he started work in the bicycle and custom motorcycle industries. During this time, he also spent his nights teaching at SDCC. He also taught Metal Shop at Santana High School for a few years before relocating. Since moving to Portland, he has added aerospace and custom thermoforming to his varied experience, he currently teaches at Clackamas Community College.