Patrick's time in the cotton industry began when he attended the Memphis Cotton Exchange International Cotton School in 1992. He then joined the Namoi Cotton Co-op in 1993, becoming classing manager in 1995. During his time with Namoi, Patrick attended many maintenance courses with USTER technologies, the High Volume Instrument manufacturer in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he gained his extensive working knowledge of the HVI machine. He also worked internationally in Japan and the US during this time.
In 2001 he joined Wakefield Inspection Services (WIS) where he worked extensively in Australia and internationally, specifically Brazil, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Paraguay. WIS contracted Patrick to ProClass for the 2005 and 2006 season. Since the 2007 season, Patrick has worked directly for ProClass as well as acting as an independent contractor both domestically and internationally. In 2016 Patrick was appointed Southern Operations & Technical Manager. This role sees him head up the classing operations in Griffith and manage the servicing and maintenance of the company's entire fleet of HVI machines.