Senior engineer leads teams of electrical engineers after starting with SPSCC associate degree

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Inspired by SPSCC: Randy Ruesga

Sales Engineer, Day Wireless

 

Randy stands smiling next to the building exterior wall with evergreen trees and blue sky in the background “I used to work with people that all had a master’s degree or higher in electrical engineering.  I was the only guy there with an associate degree and work experience. And when it came to hiring a technical project manager, I was the one who actually got hired on.”

Randy Ruesga, SPSCC (2006), Associate of Arts

Randy knew what he wanted to do right after high school.  He spent his childhood exploring technology with influence from his father, a communications specialist in the Special Forces.  When his father decided to start his own telecommunications business, Randy wanted to get involved.  First, though, his father asked that he earn an associate degree before coming to work for him.

 

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“I've always had a passion for technology, ever since I can remember,” shared Randy.  “I was building radios back in elementary school and learned basic coding to make a Lego city come to life in 3rd grade.”

Randy graduated from Timberline High School in 2003.  In order to begin working at his father’s new telecommunications company, he had to earn at least an associate degree.  So he started close to home at SPSCC.

“My time at the school was great!”  Randy shared about great experiences with professors and spending time with friends in the Student Union Building.  He was also very active in VISION club on campus, which gave him an opportunity to attend a leadership conference in Oregon.

Randy stands smiling in the conference room with pen and pad and tablet According to plan, Randy graduated with an associate degree in 2006 and went to work for his dad’s company.  But that was just the start.  The experience he gained coupled with his degree and his driven attitude opened up huge doors for Randy.

Randy’s worked for big telecom names like AT&T and Samsung as an employee and through contract work.  “I used to work with people that all had a master’s degree or higher in electrical engineering.  I was the only guy there with an associate degree and work experience. And when it came to hiring a technical project manager, I was the one who actually got hired on.”

Last year, Randy completed a contract position as a Senior Radio Frequency Engineer and currently works as a Sales Engineer for Day Wireless Systems in Lacey, Wash.  “I provide radio amplifiers that ensure that first responders’ radios are working inside buildings.”  Day also extends cellular network coverage into buildings and venues.

“I like it because it’s challenging.  I get to keep up with the latest technologies and we’re building systems that help keep firefighters’ lives safe.  That’s just been a passion of mine and I feel like I’m making a difference out there.”

“I was able to work while I was going to school so it was more of a ‘home’ experience than anything else.  I also love the steps the school is constantly taking to make its programs even better, providing real life education that will help its students pursue their goals.”

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