Meet: Thomas Vahle
Who I Am
I am an electrical supervisor for SVERDRUP Technology. I am responsible
for making sure that all maintenance requests and all repairs are done
within the time allowed. Most of the time I am very busy. I can never
say my work is done because there is always something that needs to be
maintained or repaired.
My Career Path
I got my first start in the Army as a microwave repairman. When I left
the Army I found it very hard to find a job. I tried to go to college
but that was not the path for me so I enlisted in the Navy. In the Navy
I worked as an Interior Communications Electrician on the guided missile
destroyer USS Robinson.
I first got very interested in my field when I was
in high school. Whenever I could get a wood working, metal, or even mechanical
drawing class, I signed up for it. These classes helped me to decide on
the career path I wanted.
Why I like my job
There are many reasons why I like my job. I get to keep learning about
new things in electronics and other technical fields. I love to take things
apart and put them back together again. I have always enjoyed this, and
I would not have had it any other way.
There are many drawbacks in my field. One concern
is safety because I am involved with high-powered equipment with large
amounts of electrical current. I have no room for mistakes, and I must
make sure that everything is correct the first time.
My advice to the youth is that you follow what you enjoy and never stop
learning. Throughout my life my favorite books are How-to books because
I like learning about new things and seeing how to improve what I have
Well it looks like retirement is not too far away. I am looking forward
to reading more How-to books and learning more about electronics.