“After three months on the job my boss told me I am the best investment they’ve made in the U.S.,” says Jonathan Wilder, a 2007 graduate of Western Technical College’s Electronic Engineering Technology program. “I told him he could thank Western Tech for that.” Jonathan works today for On Site Safety, Inc., where he repairs, maintains, and diagnoses all of the electronic equipment for his company and its customers. On Site Safety provides fire safety and protection for companies that are drilling for oil.
“Western Technical College provided me with the resources and background to work in the electronics field. The hands-on approach at Western Tech is awesome; they actually show you how to apply the information learned from books.” In addition to his regular job, Jonathan now recruits and trains new employees for On Site Safety. “I’ve been to other universities, and they don’t have the same hands-on work,” he says. As a note to prospective employees, he offers this advice: “Get your certifications; I was lucky because Western Tech provided me with the budget and the knowledge to earn mine, but they are necessary with employers that are looking to hire you.”