About us

PME (Portland Model Engineers) is a community of people in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington who enjoy all aspects of metalworking as a recreation. The "Model Engineering"  in our name includes small scale internal and external combustion engines, model aircraft, military and maritime models,  miniature locomotives (weighing up to hundreds of pounds!) and much more. 

In addition to model engineering, our members enjoy clock making, machine tool history, blacksmithing, pattern and foundry work, CAD and CNC experimentation, machine tool construction and rebuilding, automobile restoration and many other fields. In general, if it involves heating, beating, cutting or forming metal, it receives a warm welcome in our group.

Our membership spans all skill levels, from new enthusiasts with neither  metalworking skills or facilities to "old hands" who have been professional machinists for 50 years or more and professional machine shop owners who still enjoy making things for themselves. The group is an excellent information and expertise resource for the newcomer and the experienced metalworker alike.

If you want to know more, contact us and come to one of our meetings!


Meetings are at 1PM on the second Saturday of the month. The location changes from month to month so contact us to find out where we'll be (see below).

Emphasis is on having a good time, so meetings are informal affairs.  A typical agenda is:   

Coffee, soda and cookies are generally on hand.

Visitors are welcome!

Contact us!

There are two ways to contact us.  You can contact one of the officers listed below, or you can sign up for our Yahoo group. The Yahoo group is a low traffic  group for meeting and other occasional notices. Be sure you're logged in to Yahoo with your username and password, go to yahoo groups, search for portlandmodelengineers, and follow the instructions to sign up.

Current officers are:

Al Rose

(503) 628-0571
Past President
Roger Rudert
rrudert@omsi.edu (503) 612-8499
Greg Dermer