Bert Rohrbach is a native of the Rathdrum Prairie. He was raised on a small farm near Hayden and attended school in Dalton Gardens and Coeur d’Alene. He started mechanics very young; his father bought some tools from a pawn shop, put him under the farm tractor, and told him to repair the hydraulic pump. He still repairs farm equipment on a regular basis. Bert was employed by John Deere in his late teens and worked heavy equipment repair in the oil and coal fields of Montana and Wyoming. He has attended specialty training for heavy and agricultural equipment in Minneapolis and Billings while working as both a shop and field mechanic. Bert was instrumental in starting a local crane service and is still active in major equipment repairs for this company. He has worked in area crane and construction fleet shops since the late 1980’s.
Bert holds past or present licenses or certificates for a variety of sciences including HVAC, low voltage control systems, hydraulics, firefighter EMT/P, electrician, boiler/power plant operations, and crane operator. He received his Bachelor of Science Business Management degree from Lewis-Clark State College in 1999. He is excited to bring practical experience and skills to the classroom.
Bert is active in Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer education and protection. He is a member of the Board of the Hayden Lake Irrigation District and serves as Vice-Chair of the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Protection District. Bert has two grown children and a large family in the area. He enjoys tinkering around the farm he grew up on and camping and hiking the awesome Inland Northwest.