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This week’s story comes to us from ECN reader Roger Newton, CSTE, CBNT.
I did not plan to be an engineer. I was a below average student in high school but I took all of the math and science courses that were offered. I always liked science and math but I did not really put much effort in studying.
During my senior year in H.S., I enrolled in an Electronics Vocational School—United Electronics Institute. I had some material that I completed by correspondence course before I graduated from H.S. After graduation, I started in the classroom portion of the course. I went to class for four hours a day, five days a week, for 95 weeks.
After I finished, I moved to Florida from Oklahoma. I was one of 13 that the company hired out of my electronics class. I worked in the Test Equipment Fabrication Department at a plant that manufactured equipment for the military.
After working for three months, I received notice from my draft board that I needed to go for my selective service physical, that I unfortunately passed. I knew that I was about to be drafted, so I decided to check out what the different service branches had to offer. After considering all of my options, I finally enlisted in the U.S. Army.
While I was in basic combat training, I was recruited for an assignment that would send me to Television Equipment Repair School before going to my first assignment. The assignment was stateside, where I would not be going to Vietnam, which was going strong at that time. That training led to me becoming an engineer.
After serving eight years in the army, I left the service and began working in the civilian world. I worked at AMOCO for five and a half years, and then I got into the Television Broadcasting field.
I have worked in Television Broadcasting for a total of 40 years, working on everything from 2” video tape, tube type cameras, microwave systems, and tube type transmitters to solid-state cameras, tapeless editing systems, fiber optics, and solid-state transmitters.
I might not have gone to a regular engineering school, but I feel that what I’ve learned and done have more than made up for the lack of formal education in the engineering field. I have worked as a Studio Maintenance Engineer, RF Engineer, and Chief Engineer for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.
In conclusion, I think you could say that I became an engineer so I would not have to go to Vietnam.
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