CVM’s team is what’s kept us successful since 1990.  Each employee proudly contributes specialized talents and experience that allow us to offer high tech, innovative solutions to customers with all kinds of technical challenges.  CVM is small enough to give you prompt, personal attention, yet large enough to quickly allocate significant resources on any project.

Creative People

bob-cropped Bob Switek
President

Bob, Founder and President of CVM, graduated from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He held several engineering positions with Clorox, Thiokol, Union Carbide, and Bechtel before beginning his consulting practice in the late 1970’s. In 1991, he founded CVM and continues to lead and manage the company in addition to designing and building custom machines.
Tim Pletschet
Engineering Manager

Tim brings over 35 years of experience building and designing, precision instruments and automation equipment for the semi-conductor, disk drive, aerospace, and oil and gas industries. His creative approach to problem solving and design come from the ability to draw on his unique experience starting out as a precision machinist, then moving to his career as an engineer.  With 4 US patents and professional success in a wide range of industries, Tim allows CVM to confidently partner with businesses to navigate custom solutions to challenging problems.
albert-martinez Albert Martinez
Sr. Controls/Electrical Engineer

Albert graduated from San Jose State University in Electrical Engineering in 1983.   30+ years of extensive diverse experience designing, automating, and integrating wire and wireless, intrinsically-safe, fail-safe, and explosion-proof PLC-HMI-SCADA Instrumentation and Controls Systems; in the following industries: water & wastewater treatment plants; petrochemical pipelines, refineries, and fuel loading terminals; mining; medical X-Ray scanners; military; airports; communications; security; vending machines; fruit labelers; printer inkjet cartridge fillers; textiles; dumb waiters; fly simulators, explosive simulators, rocket elevation simulators; nuclear power plants, rock crushers.
ed-mills Ed Mills
Mechanical Engineer

Edward graduated from CSU Chico in 2007 in Mechanical Engineering and began his career integrating new equipment in high volume production lines. He then moved on to designing custom industrial equipment and automation systems. His specialties are food production and chemical processing systems.
Doug Fahrney
Shop Manager

Doug has 39 years of experience in the shop environment. He has considerable experience in manual and CNC machining and programming. He has spent the last 10 years managing the Clorox R&D shop, responsible for difficult, unique experimental parts as well as fabrication of parts used in production machines. His duties at CVM include responsibility for the day to day management of the machine shop, CNC programming, machining, scheduling, planning and estimating.
toby Toby Switek
Business Manager

Toby joined CVM with 10 years of business development, administration, and marketing experience in a variety of industries.  He oversees the administrative side of CVM as well as manages various projects and focuses on maintaining and developing new partnerships with vendors and customers.
Mig and Tig Welding Paul Widergren
Fabrication Project Manager

Paul is the fabrication shop lead-man: Another multi-talented craftsman with excellent skills in welding, sheet metal and fabrication. He is also skilled in fabrication design; competent in both AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Paul has been with CVM since 1995.
Marty Turkington
Fabricator/Machinist

Marty has been a metal worker since 1972. He is a fine craftsman with a wide range of skills, including journeyman machinist, welder, fabricator, and woodworker. Marty has been with CVM since 1996.
Mike Berezovsky
Sr. Machinist/CNC Programmer

Mike is a journeyman machinist.  He has extensive experience as a precision machinist, tool & die maker and R&D experimental machinist.  His broad experience allows CVM to continue innovating through our challenging projects.
Cory Alden
Machinist 

Cory started with CVM in 2006 as a shop helper.  He then successfully completed CVM’s machinist apprenticeship program, and is now at a journeyman level and an integral part of the shop.  He spends most of his time operating manual and CNC mills and lathes as well as assembling tools and machines.

 Doreen Fanua

Administrative Assistant 

Doreen joined CVM in 2014.   She is your first point of contact when walking into CVM.    Doreen provides administrative support to the CVM team.

Mark Barrett
Electro/Mechanical Technician 

Mark brings years of broad experience to CVM as one of our electro-mechanical technicians.  He is a specialist in panel wiring, with deep knowledge and experience in electrical, pneumatic, plumbing, and mechanical disciplines.  Mark works both assembling in the shop and installing/maintaining machines in the field.
 Chad Felipe
Machine Operator 

Chad has been part of the CVM team since 2012.  He spends him time operating CNC and manual mills and lathes.  Chad also helps assembling machines and mechanical mechanisms
Markie Masscari
Apprentice Fabricator 

Markie is participating in CVM’s apprentice program under the guidance of CVM’s machining/fabricating team.  He has been with CVM since graduating Livermore High School in 2015.
 Anthony Basso
Shop Helper 

Anthony started CVM working part-time helping out around the shop.  His drive to learn new skills earned him a full time role and has made him a valuable team member now capable of assembling machines, welding, and machining.  He plans to stay on with CVM while attending Jr. College after graduating high school.