My name is Robert Vetrano but I prefer to be called Bob. I want to share some aspects of my work life with you so you can get a feel for my knowledge
of the steel industry.
I’ve work in the construction industry most of my adult life.
While in the army, I served in Korea with the 538th Engineers.
Following my honorable discharge from the service, I went to work for a home builder.
In 1974 I purchased a small welding shop and called it B & J Welding. It was meant to be a welding repair shop but having a reputation for quality repairs, reliability and honesty we eventually began fabricating structural steel.The fabrication jobs became larger and larger. We even started erecting the steel that we had fabricated in our shop.
I sold B & J Welding, which is still in business today under the name Mid-Island Steel. Then, a former employee of mine and I formed a steel erection company called VMC Inc. After several years my partner and I split the company into two parts, fabricating and erecting. I took over the fabrication business and called it Vetrano Steel Inc.
By 1985, I was using my computer to learn Generic Cadd and then moved on to Autocad. I would create my own simple drawings such as flitch plates, roof frames and miscellaneous projects to be used in my shop.
Over the years I worked with quite a few detailers. Some were good and because they were good there were times they were too busy to take on my project. The lack of qualified detailers created delays. These delays would cost my company time, money and sometimes created friction with contractors. Eventually I came to realize that some detailers would falsely claim that there were problems with the drawings just to buy time. I don’t do that. I pride myself in saying that I will not lie to you about progress of the job I am detailing.
Knowing the computer as well as I did, it became obviously clear that I should purchase a detail program called SteelCadd and begin doing my own detailing. I had a good knowledge of steel and they offered to train me on this software.
The mid 1990’s were bad years for our economy. Banks were failing and contractors were filing bankruptcy on a daily basis. I closed Vetrano Steel Inc, sold off all my equipment, paid all my debts and became a full time detailer. At that time SteelCadd began experiencing problems transitioning from 2D to 3D modeling so I reverted to detailing using Autocad.
In the spring of 1996 the Autocad dealer I had been working with for years, called me and asked if I could teach a class for him that same night because his teacher had just called and quit his job. I taught the class and it went so well that I began teaching all the classes for this Long Island Autocad dealer. My title at the time was Autodesk consultant and they sent me to Autodesk in New Hampshire to be certified as a consultant. This gave me the ability to teach and consult. I never gave up steel detailing. I traveled around the country consulting and teaching while enjoying the challenge of my private steel detailing business.
In 1999, my wife’s job moved to Springfield, MA. I continued consulting and detailing.
In 2001 I was ask to teach an Autocad class at Springfield Technical Community College. I taught there until the summer of 2016 as an Adjunct Professor. I also spent 3 of those years teaching Autocad as an Adjunct at the UMass Amherst.
While teaching or consulting I always liked to have a detailing project of my own as it sharpened my skills and kept me up to date with the software. I continue to be a consultant for Microcad 3d in Boston specializing in Revit Structure , Autocad Steel Detailer and Autodesk Advanced Steel.
My detailing projects have been numerous from simple roof dunnage, roof frames, to post offices, schools, shopping centers and a number of multilevel buildings. There came a time that I partnered with a detailer in Australia until he passed away. I detailed about a dozen projects for him in Australia in metric.
I have worked with Autocad, Revit, Steelcad, Xsteel, TSD2000, Autocad Detailer and Autodesk Advanced steel. I enjoy detailing and am flexible enough to work with any company’s standards. I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in discussing my services.