Retired Telephone Repairman andElectronics/Mechatronics Technology StudentEastfield College
“I ‘retired’ early — that’s another word for laid off — in September 2007 at age 51, but by the time Thanksgiving rolled around, I was climbing the walls. You can only play so much golf. So I decided to go back to school and enrolled in a Mechatronics class.
“Mechatronics covers a wide range of cutting-edge technologies. It’s a huge, growing field — SMU and MIT are creating programs in it. The equipment used in research and development applications is marrying computer technology and manufacturing. I’m also really interested in the mechanics of creating a fully automated home for handicapped people so they can live easily in their own home environment.
“I really enjoy learning the science of how to put components together to work properly and achieve the results you’re looking for. Eastfield is lucky to have
Clay Rawlins and
Arch Dye teaching their Electronics and Mechatronics program. They care about the students who come here and go beyond the classroom to help their students succeed in their careers and their lives.”
Edward Alexander retired in September 2007 after 26 years as a telephone repairman. He has been taking classes at Eastfield College since 2004. He initially planned to earn a certificate to work on high-speed data circuits for his job, which was “surplussed” before he finished the certificate. A volunteer assistant in the Mechatronics lab, he plans to earn an associate degree in Electronics at Eastfield and specialize in working in alternative energy fields such as wind and solar power.