Mr. Sheldon's education was right there in his hometown of Petersburg, after attending the local high school in the 70's he traveled down to Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington, where he learned the highly skilled trades of Automotive Mechanics and Welding. Being educated and skilled in the welding trade, he was given the opportunity to put those skills to work in the oil fields of Alaska. he joined the 302 Alaska Operating Engineers, worked in several camps using his skills as a mechanic, and also put his welding skills to good use on the Alaska Pipeline.
After working years on the pipeline, Michael made his way back to his hometown of Petersburg, purchased his first commercial fishing vessel starting his own business in one of the hardest and most dangerous careers a man can take up in the unforgiving Alaskan waters, the Commercial Fishing industry. Fishing the water of Alaska for twenty-two years, as the owner and operator of his own vessel, Michael decided it was time to retire, giving up his sea legs spending days and nights on the waters of Southeast Alaska and well know in Bristol Bay, planting his feet back on land in 1998. Retirement wouldn't last long before he was putting his skills back to work for the Alaska Marine Highway System, spending some time there he eventually settled down into his business of the last ten years as a Handyman serving his community, helping Alaskans.