IntegriTech was formed by William Schmidt in 1985. Bill’s son, Aaron, joined the company in 2013.
Bill graduated from Michigan Tech in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first position was at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard where he contributed to a redesign program which made US submarines safer and more reliable. After leaving Pearl Harbor in 1971, he and his wife sailed to New Zealand and settled at the Lake Ohau Lodge and ski area. There, he designed and built an innovative T-bar ski lift which was the longest T-bar in the country. In 1978, he returned to the US with his family and settled outside of Leavenworth, WA. Their off-the-grid location presented multiple engineering challenges and Bill designed everything from water and winter transportation systems to a hydro-electric power plant which has been spinning for 30 years. Bill worked as a welder for Van Doren Sales in 1980, and as the City of Leavenworth’s Director of Public Works from 1981 to 1985. He holds Mechanical and Civil Engineering licenses with the state of Washington.
Aaron graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. As a Naval Aviator he flew the F-18 Hornet. In 2007, he returned to Leavenworth and worked as an engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation until 2013. His projects while there ranged from stormwater management to roundabout design. He currently holds a Civil Engineering license with the state of Washington.
Engineering is a large part of our personal lives as well. For example, Aaron designed and built a ski lift for his backyard while growing up and Bill recently completed construction of a 26’ wood core, swing keel yawl of original design. Of interest: the 1,400 lb lead and pre-stressed Kevlar centerboard was poured at home using a lost-foam process.