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Bill Wiley

  • Name: Bill Wiley

    Program: Instructor, Nondestructive Testing Technology

    Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science degree, Peru State College; Associate of Applied Science degree, Southeast Community College; ASNT Level III-PT, MT, RT, UT and IRRSP, AWS-CWI and CWE

    Has taught at SCC since: 1986

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Seven

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    My teaching philosophy is to use various teaching techniques and tailor teaching styles to best fit the current group of students I am working with. In addition, I strive to put out a quality graduate that can enter and excel in the field of NDT.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    I wanted share with others what I had learned from my education at SCC and industrial experience gathered on the job.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    To become engaged about the scientific and mathematical principles used in the field of NDT.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    I have several years of inspection experience in the pressure vessel NDT field. In addition, I have been part owner of an NDT inspection and consulting company and continue to serve as an industry consultant on a regular basis.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Given the competitive job environment of NDT, my advice for students pursuing a degree in NDT is to strive for the best grades possible, as those individuals tend to get first selection at the best positions.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    I enjoy teaching newer and developing technology in the field of NDT. Over the past 33 years huge changes in technology have taken place, and introducing students to those is self-gratifying.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    The best part about being an SCC faculty member is the feeling of being family, and also the diversity of programs that SCC has to offer.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    I can’t think of just one proudest moment, but my proudest moments would have to be when graduates come back for a visit and tell me how much they love their chosen field and how far they have advanced from when they were initially hired in the industry.

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
    When I am not teaching my wife and I like to shoot competitive archery as well as hunt. In addition, I like amateur astronomy and metal detecting, as well as motorcycle riding.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I pursued my undergraduate degree within the last five years.