about us
about us

Four founding members, each with unique experience, are active owners and partners in the business. In the day to day operations, each of these founding members is a critical resource in key areas of the business. The company operates within an effective, flexible, and project focused business model. The business goal is to add value to you, our clients, whether working on smaller short term projects such as failure analysis or component optimization, or larger longer term projects for product development with ongoing deliverables, and anything in between. Pioneer Solutions is a flexible, complementary, value added, engineering resource to help you complete your project on time and within budget.

         Left to Right: Joe Kaltenbach, Paul Pochatila, Dave Juba, Lee Pochatila

Dave Juba – Managing Director
Dave has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 20 years of experience in the off-highway heavy equipment industry. As Managing Director, Dave is responsible for the overall management and direction of Pioneer Solutions. More information on Dave is available in “management team” section of the website.

Joe Kaltenbach – Senior Principal Engineer
Joe holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 35 years of experience in the off-highway heavy equipment industry, with extensive concentration in the design and application of wet disc brakes and braking systems. His knowledge and experience in wet brakes provided critical technical expertise to the company for developing the company’s first manufactured product, an oil cooled wet disc brake for heavy off highway mobile equipment. Joe is an active member of SAE and has served over 25 years on the SAE off-highway braking technical committee. Joe's years of engineering experience, particularly related to design and application along with his strong interpersonal skills make Joe an invaluable asset to the business. As a Senior Principal Engineer, Joe is responsible for leading and supervising a team of engineers and designers in the following technical disciplines - hydraulic systems, power train systems, brakes, gearing, electrical systems, and software development.

Lee Pochatila – Senior Project Manager
Lee graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering. He has over 35 years of experience with off-highway heavy equipment. Lee has professional experience in structural component and suspension system design. He has acquired thorough machine systems knowledge and has traveled the globe providing technical solutions for the off highway heavy equipment industry as a Chief Vehicle Engineer for various construction and mining products. His technical base, customer interface, and extensive project management skills are important in his current role. As a Senior Project Manager, Lee is responsible for developing plans, executing, and managing large scale design projects.

Paul Pochatila – Senior Principal Engineer
Paul has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in finite element analysis. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Ohio and Wyoming. Paul is a co-applicant on two patents involving heavy off-highway equipment. He has extensive experience with casting and heavy weldment design, as well as foundry qualification. Paul has over 30 years of engineering experience designing and analyzing structural components used on heavy off-highway equipment. His engineering education, finite analysis capabilities, and mobile equipment experience provide a superb foundation for his role in the business. As a Senior Principal Engineer, Paul is responsible for leading and supervising a team of engineers and designers in the following technical disciplines – castings, forgings, weldments, structural components, and advanced finite element analysis.

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