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  • Karl Eickoff

Karl Eickhoff

  • Program: Diesel Technology-Truck

    Education/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree, Automotive Technology, SCC; Ford Diesel Engine Master Certification; ASE: Master Automobile, Medium/Heavy Truck Technician, L1 & L2.

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2006

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 18 years of shop experience.

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    Make learning fun. If you enjoy what you’re doing, it makes it easier to learn and retain information. I like to totally immerse students into a concept, then step back and help them figure out how to get there on their own.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
    Service to others. As a tech, I could help out two to four customers a day. Now as an instructor, each student who passes through our program can each help the same number of customers. I get to help more people, directly and indirectly.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
    To be challenged. Our program is very fast-paced. But also that our entire department is willing to go the extra mile to make sure students leave the program ready to succeed in the numerous employment opportunities waiting for them.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
    I grew up on a ranch in the Sandhills and was taught the value of hard work and to figure out how to fix things ourselves. I worked on about every piece of equipment we had. In the workplace, I was always willing to work on anything that came in the door. You can’t quit until you find the solution and the job is done right.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program? 
    Be prepared in the areas of science, math, writing, and technology. Being a technician is not just heavy, greasy work anymore. More than 50 percent of shop work involves electrical or electronic troubleshooting.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?
    Seeing their eyes light up when the concept clicks. Watching them gain confidence in their abilities. And hopefully instilling in them the desire to keep learning, even after graduation.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
    It sounds cliché, but it really is like one big family here. Everyone’s always ready to help out when needed.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
    Watching my former students succeed in the workforce. Two of my students are now instructors here.

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
    I’m a volunteer with our local Boy Scout Troop and active in our church. I still work on vehicles and equipment to help keep me current. I also enjoy fabricating and building things, playing with RC cars, and spending time with family.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    That I couldn’t swim until I took swimming lessons with my kids a couple of years ago.