William was educated in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated the ROTC program in 1991 and served aboard the attack submarine USS-Miami where he qualified as chief engineer. His shore duty included being a lecturer for aircrews preparing for overseas deployment at Fallon, Nevada. During this time, he had the opportunity to author national doctrine guiding the tactical employment of Tomahawk cruise missiles.
William resigned his commissioning to pursue business and established CTI (Carlson Technical, Inc.), providing construction services including civil design and geotechnical testing during the building boom. After ten years in business, he sold that operation to pursue energy technologies.
In 2012, William signed on with PacifiCorp as the substation operations officer for the Klamath Falls district where he presently manages twelve journeymen who keep the bulk electric system, including three 500 kilovolt facilities, at a high state of readiness. PacifiCorp is in the process of building a new 500-230 kilovolt substation.
William is a NERC qualified reliability coordinator and a licensed professional engineer. His professional interests include developing computer based training.