By Tim Masters, electric vehicle development student
Before coming to Macomb, I was miserable. I had a string of terrible, back-breaking jobs and generally hated my life. To top it off, I had just lost the latest terrible job, so I was feeling particularly low. A friend referred me to a program, provided through Michigan Works!, to attend college courses at Macomb in electric vehicle development. Unfortunately the deadline had passed, but I tried anyway.
Not only did the long shot pay off, but I excelled. Because of my training, I gained my first job building batteries at a startup. I moved on from there, advancing my skills along with my wages, until I ended up with a fantastic opportunity at Ford Motor Company, testing the battery packs used in all of their hybrid and electric vehicles. I can say that waking up to come to work is no longer a chore; I actually enjoy my career, and I love the people I work with.
While I have already started my career in batteries, I have never stopped going to class. I’m slowly but surely continuing on with school, seeking my degree. It’s because of this that I was able to attend NASA’s Community College Scholar program this past year (that’s me in the back row, second from the left ), which was a truly amazing experience. It consisted of an online class as well as a portion on-site at the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. While I was in Huntsville, we toured various NASA facilities as well as spoke with engineers and coordinators about jobs and internships, all the while competing with three other teams in a robotics competition. It was one of my proudest moments when it was announced that our team won the competition; a testament to all the hard work I put into my classes, and into myself. It just goes to show that when an opportunity comes along, you have to go for it, even if it’s a long shot.
Are you in the sixth through twelfth grade and interested in a career like Tim’s? Then you and your parents should attend Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Sports & Expo Center on Macomb’s South Campus. There will be interactive displays in auto design, robotics, clay modeling, electric and automated vehicles, production design, sketching and traffic light simulation. If you attend, you will also have the chance to win a drone! Register now at www.macomb.edu/mfgevening.