Delgado = Your Success
Gregory is a Louisiana Transfer Degree student with the ultimate goal of becoming an electrical engineer. He chose Delgado to save on the cost of tuition before transferring to a four-year university, and because of the smaller class sizes with more teacher interaction. He is pursuing a second career because of a back injury from working in construction for seven years. Gregory likes figuring out why and how things work. He is confident and is very knowledgeable about engineering, science, and math. Gregory also volunteers in his spare time tutoring other students in the math lab. After he obtains his bachelor’s degree, he wants to be on the front lines of research and technology. His wife also attends Delgado.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I have been doing construction for seven years and I have been digging a little deeper and looking into the very reasons why things have to be a certain way—structural reasons. I’ve actually been doing quite well at it and want to know a little bit more about those kinds of things. I’ve also done mechanical procedures with my uncle who’s an airplane mechanic. He’s been one for 30 years and showed me lots of things. I want to know more about it.
Why did you decide to come back to school?
My brother-in-law is going into the petroleum field and has been pushing me to go to college, and I have a lot of back problems. I noticed whenever I stopped working in construction my back stopped hurting.
Why do you think that you should be the face of Delgado?
Because I would like to prove to people around New Orleans that someone who goes to Delgado and tries can actually become a success if they put forth the effort and actually challenge themselves.
Do you think that you are a good representative for the College?
Yes, because I am really focused on my future career and all aspects of it. I know today that jobs demand very focused and very well rounded individuals, so that's why I am trying to challenge myself. For example, speech was the first class of choice because my speech is a very challenging subject to me, and English. I am taking other classes that challenge me that are going to build me up because I am already strong in math and reasoning.
Are you saying that you are looking for a different career because of physical reasons or for the challenge or both?
I’ve always sought knowledge. I took a residential wiring class at Louisiana Tech (LTC) in Hammond. And then later on I went to an electric motor control class and I expressed my knowledge of electricity and the teacher asked me how I got so smart and how I knew all that stuff.
When you say things—what things are you speaking of particularly?
Unknown things like electricity—defining more of the property of electricity and improving on electronics. I really want to see how things work and I want to actually become a developer and see if I can find out new reasons why things work the way they do.
What do you like about the school?
I like that it is very personable—down to the dean who personally took care of some situations for me.
How are you doing in your classes?
I have a 4.0 GPA and I am getting A’s in every class except for English, which is actually a subject that I struggle with the most.
Has anyone inspired and motivated you since you’ve been here?
The teachers and their concern for me have really stimulated growth in me and they give me confirmation whenever I do well, and that really does help me.
What are your overall goals and aspirations?
I plan on becoming an engineer that either owns my own business or is helping out the frontlines of technology.
What part does Delgado play in helping you reach your goals?
Delgado is building the foundation and it’s proven to be a quite strong foundation by providing the very basic fundamentals that will play a huge role in my future.
When you think about Delgado what comes to mind?
I think about dedication. I see dedication in the teachers and I see dedication in individuals around the school.
Do you have any advice for new or prospective students?
Involve yourself in the clubs that they have and all the resources that are available.
When will you graduate?
My expected graduation date is 2014.
If you would like to contact Gregory to learn more about his student success, email him at email@example.com
Potential earnings for Gregory
What electrical and electronics engineers do
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS).
Electrical and electronics engineers work primarily in industries that conduct research and development for engineering services firms, in manufacturing, and in the federal government. They generally work indoors in offices. However, they may have to visit sites to observe a problem or a piece of complex equipment..
How to become an electrical or electronics engineer
Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so graduates of cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience, are valuable as well.
The median annual wage of electrical engineers was $84,540 in May 2010. The median annual wage of electronics engineers was $90,170 in May 2010.
Other occupations with job duties similar to those of electrical and electronic engineering technicians.
Mechanical engineering technicians
Job duties: Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.
Education: Associate's degree
Median pay: $50,110
Job duties: Electro-mechanical technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as robotic assembly machines.
Education: Associate's degree
Median pay: $49,550
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers
Job duties: Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install, repair, or replace a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries.
Education: Postsecondary non-degree award
Median pay: $49,170
*Source- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer degree program is designed to facilitate transfer from community colleges to related baccalaureate degree programs at public universities in Louisiana. The purpose of the Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer Degree Program is to provide rigorous general education coursework coupled with related preparatory instruction in pre-defined discipline specific tracks to allow seamless transition from associate’s degree to baccalaureate degree with maximization of credits awarded. The General Education courses will transfer as a total block rather than by individual course review. Click here to view the programs in our online catalog.