Ron Wilkinson has worked as chief engineer for the Architecture & Engineering Division of the State of Montana, and also as a contributor to CONTRACTOR's sister publication HPAC Engineering.
Drawing on his work experience and technical expertise, Wilkinson created a fictional cold-weather engineer, Johnny Tundra, and set him to work solving various cold-weather problems. From his description in Scott Arnold's (Executive Editor of HPAC Engineering) blog:
A combination of John Wayne and fictional detective Hercule Poirot, Johnny is “calm, cool, and irreversibly logical,” Ron said. He travels the Montana countryside, his 15-year-old Basset Hound, Gas Train, by his side, in a 1972 International Harvester Scout. It may not be the most stylish of rides, but Johnny doesn’t care.
Johnny Tundra's adventures first appeared in HPAC's Fastrack electronic newsletter, but just this month they've been revived as illustrated galleries with artwork by the talented illustrator Ashley Ribblett.
Here's a link to read the first of the Johnny Tundra adventures, "Don't shoot the boiler!"