Ray began learning plumbing at age 14 when he went to work with his father and uncle. He received his journeyman plumber's license at age 20 and passed his State of Minnesota Master Plumber's exam at age 25. Ray has worked as a service plumber, journeyman, foreman, estimator and project manager. He holds a Minneapolis Master Plumbers License, Saint Paul Master Plumbers License, House Utility Contractors License, RPZ Certification Instructor's License, and a Minnesota Teachers License.
Ray has been teaching plumbing at the college level for 10 years, and he wrote and created a public plumbing apprenticeship training program for the State of Minnesota. He teaches courses for RPZ certification, journeyman plumber refresher and master plumber test preparation, as well as apprentice training at Roto-Rooter.
He was a featured contributor to the program Hometime® on PBS. He has written for Bob Villa's Web site and was chosen by Samantha Ettus to write a chapter on plumbing in her book "An Experts Guide to Life at Home," published by Random House.
Ray reviews plumbing patents for the Wisconsin Innovation Center the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In 2002, he was appointed by the governor to the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Board, which oversees bonding for construction at private colleges throughout Minnesota.
Ray has been employed at Roto-Rooter since 1997. He is the training coordinator for the Twin Cities.