Mechatronics graduate finds success & satisfaction in new career

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CCAC_student_mechatronicsJohn Neal was not satisfied with his job as a quality technician at a re-manufacturing company. He knew he had more potential, but he lacked the skills to advance in his career, and he was unsure where to go to get the skills he wanted.

Then a friend showed him a flyer about the Mechatronics Technology program at CCAC’s West Hills Center. The industry-driven learning opportunities available through the program interested him, so he decided to give it a try. He couldn’t be happier about making that move.

John Neal

John Neal

“I loved every minute of it,” said Neal. “The program gives you the opportunity to do hands-on work, which I really enjoy.”
The training Neal received gave him the skills he needed to move forward in his career. Among other skills, he learned how to design, build and troubleshoot hydraulic systems and PLCs (programmable logic controllers).

“Everything I learned at CCAC helped me to really understand hydraulics, which gave me a huge leg up. I felt well prepared when I completed the program.”

Shortly after Neal received his Mechatronics certificate, he was hired by Schroeder Industries, a hydraulic filtration company. He has already received his second promotion, rising to a general utilities position.

“I just love the fact that I look forward to going to work,” remarked Neal. “Without CCAC, I wouldn’t have the knowledge and the skills I do now. All of my instructors were great; they were right there to assist me. I would definitely recommend CCAC to anyone who is looking to obtain additional education for a better job.”

“Without CCAC, I wouldn’t have the knowledge and the skills I do now.”
—John Neal, graduate, CCAC Mechatronics Technology program

Neal’s employer is also very pleased with how the program has advanced the skills of the company’s workers, including several current employees they sent to CCAC for additional training.

“Schroeder Industries is thrilled with the quality of employees the Mechatronics Technology program at CCAC produces,” said Gus Schroeder, president of Schroeder Industries. “The graduates have greatly enhanced practical and technical skills that help them thrive in the industry. John and the CCAC Mechatronics Technology program are truly assets to Schroeder Industries.”

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