Craig Tomon

Craig Tomon

Austin, TX, US



As a designer and craftsman eager to contribute to our sustainable infrastructure, I have spent most of my time in the construction industry.  I am a very hands on person... I guess you could call me a "creature of production".  

I love to design and draw, and see the world around us in a beautiful light.  I dream about buildings that take care of their users rather than the reverse, and which generate energy for the masses.  The evolution of our world is in our hands, and I wish to contribute to it in a productive, selfless way.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”  -  Gandhi



Vertical Solutions, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Designer

Progressively evolving responsibilities pertinent to the design, engineering, and construction of fabricated rock climbing walls for premier gyms around the US and abroad.
- Digital design [3d modeling, client meetings, renderings]
- Construction Drawings [pre-engineering modeling, material take off, quantity analysis]
- Onsite layout [Plotting and marking major foundational changes, sill plates, top plates, stringer sections]
- Onsite construction [Rigging, fitting, cutting, and erection of structural steel beams and columns]

May 2012 - current

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Houston, TX, US, Lead Rigger

Responsibilities included the safe rigging, load out and deployment of steel structures, pipe joints and equipment to support offshore projects and vessel needs for subsea pipeline construction. Day to day tasks included the maintenance of rigging appliances, vessel pedestal crane booms and sheaves, and operation of overhead cranes.

Daily supervisory tasks include preparation and implementation of JSA (Job Safety Analysis) documents, initiation and close out of daily work permits, and coordinating the work duties for up to 6 personnel.

Feb 2010 - May 2012

A Gruppo Architects, San Marcos, TX, US, Design Intern (P/T)

Responsible for the design of architectural structures and interiors, drafting of construction documentation, and quantity analysis for bidding packages. Other responsibilities included procurement of materials, fabrication, and installation of custom fabricated items.

Mar 2011 - Oct 2011

designSTUDIO, Austin, TX, US, Designer and Construction Supervisor

Provided design, construction and project oversight of two contractors for this progressive design studio that specializes in sustainable methodologies and materials. Projects included:

LightBOX - A residential addition and build out consisting of a loft, kitchen, and living area connected to the main residence alongside a detached two story studio/office.

La Boite - A conversion of a standard shipping container to a stand-alone food and beverage kiosk. The conversion consisted of a full re-build of the container to utilize available space, installation of food preparation equipment and ensuring compliance with city ordinances for public food service.

Jul 2009 - Dec 2009

Dyno Rock Climbing Center, Arlington, TX, US, General Manager / Designer and Construction Foreman

Progressively responsible duties, eventually assuming the role of designer and construction foreman during the remodeling of the center's facilities.
- Design and remodel of a 25ft climbing wall and 1000 sq. ft. bouldering climbing wall.
- Responsible for the hiring, supervising, and scheduling of staff and volunteers. Oversight of termination, resignation, and replacement of staff and volunteers.
- Handled day to day business transactions, e.g. client payments, refunds, deposits, and account and data entry to maintain client service records.
- Maintained condition and supplies for the gym.
- Managed special group events.

Nov 2004 - Dec 2008

Studio [MUD], Dallas, TX, US, Design Intern

Day to day responsibilities involved the production of study models and drawings for client meetings that would aid in ongoing design decisions. Further responsibilities included the drafting of construction drawings for the Buffalo Thunder Hotel and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dec 2005 - Sep 2007


The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Cum Laude
Minor in Architectural History

Urban Design and Development, Lyrical Architectural Theory, Digital Design and Composition, Architectural Histories, and Design Communications.

Foreign studies throughout Italy, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Aug 2004 - Dec 2008

Areas of Specialization