Student, Class of 2018
Selma, OR

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

After having an OIT representative visit my high school, I visited the both the Wilsonville and Klamath Falls Campuses. I was impressed with the hands-on courses, small class size, as well as their unique Renewable Energy Engineering program.

What do you like most about your program?

I like its size. Asking questions in the smaller class setting is very unintimidating. Also, I have been able to get to know most of my peers and professors in my program quite well.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

I would like to reduce the cost of living by making homes more efficient and reducing the price of residential power systems. 

What would be your dream job?

Designing and building energy efficient homes with built-in additives such as solar thermal water heaters.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

Electrical Power is a very useful course that covers much of the information needed to get into the very large industry of electrical power. I really felt confident applying for a job with a power company after finishing this course. Also, Photovoltaic Systems is a very fun class that covers nearly every part of the PV industry from cell manufacturing to panel installation.

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?

The registrar's office is very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Having a good relationship and regular interaction with these people can save you many headaches during ones’ time at OIT.

Are you involved on campus? If so, how?

I am an OIT Men's rugby player which has connected me to many peers outside of my own major. I also try and attend as many other events that OIT's many clubs host to support their causes.

Have you participated in any internships or externships during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them?

This past summer I worked at an electric bicycle shop where I was able to practice a wide variety of technical and interpersonal skills. This internship was gained by simply emailing the shop asking if they had any opportunities for me during the summer. Smaller places are often overlooked during internship searches and can be much easier to communicate with.

Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation?

I plan on working after graduation and began applying early Fall term applying to multiple positions every week. Currently, I haven't been offered a position yet but it is very early in the hiring process for the year. 

Is there anything more that you would like to share with future students about campus, what you wish you knew before attending Oregon Tech or anything else?

Connecting with peers in your class as well as those further on in your program can make many aspects of college much easier. Making friends wasn't something I put much effort into freshman year and I struggled more than I needed to that year. Now in my senior year, there have been multiple courses that I would have likely failed if not for my friends.