Job Title: Technical Instructor For A Large Semiconductor Company
Type of Company: My company produces state-of-the-art chips for electronic devices worldwide.
Education: BS, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Previous Experience: My first job out of school was writing micro-controller software for a large aircraft manufacturer. My second job had me installing and checking software installations in the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. My third job involved chip design at a military contractor. After this, my next two jobs were as a sales engineer for electronic distributors.
Job Tasks: The company that I work for sells high-tech electronic parts that can be difficult to get started designing into a product. My job is to educate our customers so that they will be successful, and hopefully, purchase many of our parts. My day-to-day activities come under two main headings: creating material and presenting material.
I work out of my house and create material using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Since most of our classes have been presented with a live instructor, I mainly focus on creating a PowerPoint presentation. I then take the presentation and integrate it into a workbook, along with lab exercise instructions. I also write code to support those lab exercises for our micro-controllers and examples. The material I create may be intended for either live presentation or online presentation. I upload and monitor my online content via Wiki pages and forums, using my home Internet connection.
Live presentations require me to travel around the country and sometimes overseas. I arrive at a site, set up the lab computers and hardware and generally set up the student area. Since students pay $1500 or more for a class, their experience should be a good one. I spend as long as four days teaching the class, then head home after tearing everything down on Friday. Support hardware is shipped between locations so that I don't have to carry it myself.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is having the chance to learn new techniques and technologies. The technologies my company utilizes are constantly changing, and it's a challenge to keep up. I also enjoy meeting new people and seeing interesting places in my travels.
The worst part of my job can be the travel. Commercial airline travel is, at best, a chore, and can often be a tremendous drag. There are many times when I'd much rather be at home with my family.
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Additional Thoughts: A career path is nothing but a series of missteps. Enjoy what you're doing until you no longer enjoy it, then look for a new challenge. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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