School of Technology

Insider View—Electrical Engineering Technology

Valencia Rucker

Valencia Rucker

If you are thinking about picking a major, you are probably wondering what the classes are like. I thought about this a lot when I made the choice to go to Michigan Tech as an Electrical Engineering major, but then a friend encouraged me to look into the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology. My new major allowed me to keep my focus in electrical engineering, but added a technical and hands-on aspect to my education to keep me interested.

I loved that I could take a course and its corresponding lab at the same time. It was really helpful for me to be able to apply what the instructor taught in class to a lab in the same week. And because of our small class sizes, it was easier to get to know my classmates and work with them during labs.

As a junior, I joined FIRST Robotics Enterprise as a project mentor. This was a great experience for me because I not only got to mentor a group of high school students interested in the same field, but I also got to put my coursework and labs to use assisting during the robot building process.

Today, I am a territory manager with Parker Hannifin Corporation, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems. In sales, I communicate with my clients and feel well prepared for my job because of my educational background in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.