About Dave Patey


I have over 30 years continuous experience in the technical documentation industry, working both in the UK and Germany. Initially from a background of traditional illustration using pencil and paper, I now use PC based graphics and illustration software packages such as CorelDraw and PowerPoint to produce exploded isometric drawings and presentation graphics.

I am confident in dealing with clients and employees from shop-floor to management level, and have been involved in many large and complicated projects in a variety of industries working as part of a team.  I speak fluent German.

On a personal note, I am friendly, outgoing and enjoy meeting and working with people. I'm technically minded, computer literate, adaptable, and cope well under pressure.



January 2006 to present day - Dave Patey Illustration & Design

Position Held: Freelance Technical Illustrator

Duties: Producing technical illustrations and graphics from a home office. Currently working on a long term project for Diamond Aircraft in Austria. Work involves a monthly visit on site in Wiener Neustadt to collect information and discuss requirements. Ongoing updates and new drawings for IPC and Maintenance Manuals.


January 2001 - astReau UK Ltd, 64 Rochester Way, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 3JX

Position held: Technical Illustrator / IPC Parts Compiler

Duties: Preparation of illustrations for technical manuals in the aviation industry. Spare parts catalogues and maintenance manuals produced using a combination of CAD information and photos taken on site. Travel to Germany and Austria regularly for site visits. Also responsible for entering and compiling IPC databases in both English and German. Clients included Grob GmbH, and Zeppelin Airships.


January 1998 - FineLine Graphic Arts Ltd

Position held: Director

Duties: In December 1997 I left Nokia in order to start my own business working from home.

Projects included the creation of schematic diagrams for technical manuals and tender responses, OHP's and training material, complex technical presentations, large format network diagrams, OCR and image editing.  Clients included Nokia Telecommunications and Hawes signs.


May 1992 - Nokia Telecommunications, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon

Position held: Technical Illustrator / Graphic Designer

Duties: Preparation of illustrations for site documentation, tenders, training aids, presentation material and OHPs. Clients included London Underground, British Rail, Cable & Wireless, Orange, Cellnet and Telewest. During this period I attended formal training courses in graphics and CAD software (Micrografx Designer, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, MicroStation) and developed a working relationship with approximately 50 - 60 key personnel within Nokia.


July 1991 - Freelance Technical Illustrator / Graphic Designer

Duties: Worked on site for Nokia Telecommunications, producing illustrations and graphics mainly for the London Underground Central Line project in the Dedicated Networks department.

In May 1992 I became a full time Nokia employee.


May 1986 - Tecgraph, 17-19 Fenlake Business Centre, Peterborough, Cambs, UK

Position held: Partner

Duties: Initially a two-man partnership, the company grew to over 30 employees in a 5 year period and offered a full documentation service. My role developed to head a team of specialists producing illustrations and typesetting for spare parts catalogues, instruction manuals, training and exhibition material etc. Clients included British Telecom, J.I. Case, Rover Group, Caterpillar UK.


January 1984 - GT Designs, Quadrant House, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK

Position held: Studio Manager

Duties: Weekly site visits to Jaguar, Rover Group and Vauxhall collecting information and attending meetings to discuss work schedules. Produced large format trackside visual training aids and presentation material. Supervised the team of illustrators and tracers, reporting directly to the Managing Director.  Clients included Rover Group, Land Rover, & Jaguar Cars.


October 1982 - Mix Logistik Group, Lahnstein Hauptstrasse, 5400 Koblenz, West Germany

Position held: Senior Illustrator

Duties: Collection of information and delivery of illustrations to clients including Still fork lift trucks, Bomag road rollers and MAK radar systems. Reported directly to the studio manager and supervised 6 illustrators, responsible for quality control.


December 1980 - OSW GmbH, Annastrasse 12, 8900 Augsburg, West Germany

Position held: Technical Illustrator

Duties: Produced illustrations for advertising and technical brochures. Clients included Bosch power tools and MWM engines.


October 1979 - Techdok GmbH, Annastrasse 12, 8900 Augsburg, West Germany

Position held: Technical Illustrator

Duties: Preparation of illustrations for spare parts catalogues, including site visits to clients collecting information. Projects included work for large earth moving equipment manufacturers Demag and Liebherr Cranes.


October 1978 - Techdoc Ltd, 26 Calenick Street, Truro, Cornwall

Position held: Trainee Technical Illustrator

Duties: Preparation of illustrations from information supplied by the various German branches of the company. The role was basically a training position in preparation for a move to Germany. Clients included Mercedes Benz, BMW and the German Ministry of Defence.



Houghton Regis Upper School, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire:

GCE O Levels in Technical Drawing, Art, English Language, Maths, Physics, Woodwork

CSE (all grade 1) in English, Maths and Physics

Barnfield College of Art & Design, Luton, Bedfordshire

ISTC Certificate of Technical Illustration, passed with credit


Software packages currently used:

CorelDraw (graphics and technical illustration)

IsoCalc (technical illustration)

Corel PaintShop Pro (image editing)

Microsoft PowerPoint (presentations)

Solid Edge (CAD)

AutoCad 2000 (CAD)

Xerox TextBridge Pro (OCR)

Microsoft Word (word processing)

Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet)

Microsoft Access (database)



Nationality: British

Miscellaneous: Full clean UK driving licence. Car owner.

Languages: German spoken.



Keen skier (and GoPro user!)

Collect watches



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