Meet: Bruce Gilbaugh
I am an engineering technician. I support the Integrated Systems Technology Branch. I support the integration of computer systems and test the hardware for bringing real world conditions into the computer environment. This includes pressure sensor data, engine temperature data, and many others. This input is used by programmers to improve the programs they are writing. These programs control the computers that are used to fly airplanes
Sometimes I am responsible for networking just two computers together, and sometimes I am responsible for solving larger network problems. Another day I might be working on a simulator to determine how control surfaces react.
My Career Path
I also have a background in electronics. I studied electronics at San Jose City College and Las Positas Community College. I started here as a wind tunnel machinist specialist. I have also operated wind tunnels, been a model mechanic, and an instrumentation technician. I have built many control boxes to remotely move model parts during tests and sense problems with the wind tunnel model. I got my Bachelors of Science degree in Information Systems Management at the University of San Francisco.
I am still in school studying for a Masters degree in Telecommunications at Golden Gate University. So you see you never really stop learning.
What I like About My Job
As a Child
I didn't understand why I had to study chemistry. My teacher asked what I was interested in, and I answered that I liked to work on cars. Then my teacher pointed out the example of a car's battery as a real world application of chemistry. In a battery there is hydrogen, sulfur, and lead creating a chemical reaction that makes the battery work. The reaction between the differential plates and the liquid inside make the battery able to start your car. Chemistry also comes in handy if the battery explodes; you need to find an opposite material to treat the burn.
Education is vital today, not only to be competitive in the work force but even just to get into the work force. When I was young you could get in with just a high school diploma. Now, most employers don't want you unless you have at least a bachelor's degree. Employers want to know that you are interested in learning because this is the Information Age, and you have to be aware of the impact of all this information.
My hobbies are my job, electronics, radio, photography, videography, computers, mechanics, and working on my 1964 Ford Mustang Convertible. I enjoyed taking pictures of my kids and now my granddaughter.