About the Author

John Carlton Gallawa

Polska wersja
(Polish version translated by Olga Babenko)

Technical Writer, Publisher & Consultant - Various Publications

  • Contributor and Signer of the current "Microwave Oven" article for The World Book Encyclopedia.
  • Articles published in national trade magazines, Electronic Servicing & Technology; Appliance TechTalk
  • BBC radio interview for the program: The Serendipity of Science. (Broadcast Date: September 2001)
  • Microwave consultant for various newspapers; expert witness for attorney.

Published Works:

  • The Complete Microwave Oven Service Handbook on CD-ROM (1999 - Present). Received excellent reviews, one such by writer Mike Staats [alias Capt. Toolhead], Appliance Service News, October 2001 Issue )
  • The Complete Microwave Oven Handbook:Operation, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair (ISBN 0-13-162017-7)
    • Hardcover, 406-page textbook
    • Published in 1989 by Prentice Hall, Division of Simon and Schuster
    • Thousands of copies sold to schools, colleges, libraries, and repair shops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
  • Manual de Reparació n de Hornos de Microhondas Operació n, mantenimiento y localizació n de fallas (ISBN 0-13-162017-7)
    • Spanish edition published in 1992 by Prentice Hall Hispanoamericana, S. A.
    • Over 12,000 copies sold
  • You Can Fix Microwave Ovens, Plus VCR Know-How
    • Comprehensive instructional video and textbook series.
    • Running time:approximately 4 hours
    • Available in Standard and Professional Editions
    • First published in 1998
    • Updated version no available.
  • Various articles published in national trade magazines, Electronic Servicing & Technology; Appliance TechTalk

Permission for use of copyrighted educational material granted to:

  • Harvard Business School
  • Lockheed Martin Space Operations (NASA)
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (Topaz Publications)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • The Open University (UK)
  • and others

School Conductor

  • Conducted comprehensive course in public reading, speaking and teaching where all assignments and subsequent counsel were presented in front of live audience.

Professional Experience:

  • Quality control engineering technician for data communication corporation
    • Designed custom test rigs and formulated specific test procedures.
    • Effected significant modifications to various data transmission, video switching, and remote control supervisory equipment.
  • In 1971 began servicing commercial microwave ovens in the vending industry.
    • Authored a technical course of instruction on microwave oven operation
  • In 1977 established Microtech .
    • Starting out as a part-time, home-based business, Microtech has grown into a thriving and distinguished electronic service center. Microtech is committed to providing rapid, economical, reliable, and customer-oriented services, and continues to maintain the high standards of workmanship and customer satisfaction necessary to qualify as a factory authorized service center for most electronics and appliance manufacturers.


  • Graduate of U.S. Naval Surface to Air Missile Fire Control Technician School Class A, Phases I and II, and Class C
    • Courses of instruction in the operation, testing, maintenance, and repair of simulated shipboard missile fire control systems including weapons directions systems, missiles, and associated support equipment.
  • Graduate of Washington School of Drafting
    • Specialized in mechanical technology concepts and electromechanical drafting.
  • Cleveland Institute of Electronics
    • Electronics course designed to prepare students for 1st Class FCC exam
  • Certified Factory Service Schools
    • Amana, Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Litton, Sub-Zero, Thermador, Maytag
  • 1990 Consumer Electronics Programs Video Cassette Recorder Servicing School sponsored by The Consumer Electronics Group of the Electronic Industries Association. Graduated with certificate.
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