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Dan Nickel

  • Program: Electronic Systems Technology

    Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics, Computers and Networking Technology, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Splicing (CFOS/S), Testing (CFOS/T)

    Has Taught at SCC Since: Jan. 1, 2012

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 33

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    I have a “hands-on” method of teaching my students. Generally, the students that excel in electronics are very “hands-on” learners. We have a fascination to take something apart, see what’s inside, and find out how it works!

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    At my previous employer, I was the technical trainer for the service technicians. Over the course of several years, I saw how I was able to influence the technicians by providing them knowledge and expertise. I began to develop a passion for education and chose to inspire others interested in the field of electronics.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    Students will start with the basic concepts and understanding of electronics. The basics will allow them to fundamentally move into more complex circuits. The program will conclude by studying the most cutting-edge electronics currently being released. Of course, along the way we will have some fun as well!

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    I have worked in the electronic industry for 33 years as a technician, service manager, 3 T Trainer, and a site supervisor. I have hired many technicians throughout my career and understand the skills the students will need to be successful in their future career path.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
    Keep the faith while you are working through homework, tests or a hands-on lab that is challenging you. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Just remember, you are bettering yourself and your family.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    I enjoy working with the technical personality type of students. The technical personality type is someone who is very independent but team oriented. The buck stops with them, and they are the ones who are going to fix the problem!

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    Actually seeing the “light” come on when you are explaining a technical concept or idea and the student gets it! It’s a very rewarding experience!

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    Seeing any student graduate! I am most proud when I am able to help students overcome their fears and anxieties and watching them excel in the classroom as well as life.

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
    Spending time with family and friends. Experience live music and shooting sports.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    I started playing the drums when I was in junior high school and have played them ever since.