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Success as an Engineering Student By: Evan Manrique Electrical Engineering Student at Cal Poly (SLO), Former student of Chabot College 9/9/2014 Chabot.

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1 Success as an Engineering Student By: Evan Manrique Electrical Engineering Student at Cal Poly (SLO), Former student of Chabot College 9/9/2014 Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 1

2 Presentation Overview  My Education Path  Tips For Transferring(Chabot vs. Cal Poly)  Projects  Internships/Career Path  Questions 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 2

3 My Education Path Graduated Arroyo High School in GPA Rejected from every college I applied to. Attended Chabot and Ohlone College from Summer 2009 to Spring Provided me with a new beginning. Interest in Engineering began in ENGR 10! Graduated with a 3.9 GPA 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 3

4 My Education Path Starting at Chabot…  Advice:  Focus on Math, Physics, and Engineering courses ASAP!  GPA matters! So…  Take your time in school. Staying an extra year in community college can help tremendously!  Set goals and achieve them!  I am no genius! I found something I am passionate about and I WORK HARD.  Form Study Groups. 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 4

5 My Education Path Transferring Applied and was accepted to Cal Poly and UC Berkeley. Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy (Practical) UC Berkeley (Theoretical) Transferred to Cal Poly (SLO) Fall 2012 (B.S. Electrical Engineering) Graduating in Spring 2015 Focus: Mix Signal Circuit Design and RF/Microwave Circuit Theory and Design. President’s list with 3.93 total GPA 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 5

6 My Education Path Important Classes at Chabot 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 6  Engr 11/43/25/CSCI 14  Design processes from ENGR 11are used on a daily basis in industry.  Matlab is used often in my current internship.  Computer programming is in HIGH demand.  Math 1,2,3,4,6  Calculus and differential equations are used often in circuit theory and RF/Microwave circuit design.  Physics 4A, 4B, and 4C.  Develop problem solving skills.  Many electrical engineering problems use principles learned in 4B.

7 Transferable Classes (Chabot Cal Poly) 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 7

8 Transferring Tips (Chabot Cal Poly)  Chabot to Cal Poly Transition:  Quarter system is fast pace!  Learn and take the time to UNDERSTAND the fundamentals taught at Chabot.  Professors want you to succeed.  Attend office hours religiously!  Engineering is very competitive  Get involved!  Get experience through projects! 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 8

9 Projects  Projects are essential to building a strong technical resume.  Having project experience open doors to possible internship opportunities.  I have personally improved:  Problem solving.  Teamwork and Leadership skills.  Design and Testing Strategies.  Communication.  And much more!!! 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 9

10 My Project Experience Resume Snippet 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 10

11 Railgun  A gun launch system that uses electricity and magnetic force to fire a projectile at extreme speeds! 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 11

12 CPU Design and DDR Game Implementation  CPE 233 at Cal Poly 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 12

13 Electrocardiograph (EKG)  Powered by one 9V battery  Modular design.  Implemented differential amplifier design.  Amplified heart beat pulse by 80dB or 10,000x!  Interfaced with a microcontroller  Low cost 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 13

14 Electrocardiograph (EKG) Snippet of my Circuit design… 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 14

15 The Internship… Internships are key! Nothing beats experience!  Great way to test drive a company.  Engineering Internships are paid!  Sometimes housing and relocation money included.  How to get an Internship:  Network with professors.  Network at college career fairs.  Obtain a high GPA.  Have project experience.  LUCK! Remember “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” - Seneca 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 15

16 My Internships 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 16 AT&T NETDP Internship, Layer 0-3 Network Engineering Mobility Transport Network Optimization Team, San Ramon, CA June 2013 – Sept 2013 United Airlines, Cabin Systems Engineering Internship Sears Tower, Chicago, IL Sept 2013 – Dec 2013 Space Systems Loral (SSL), Communication Vehicle Engineer Internship June 2014 – Sept 2014 Spacecraft Test and Operations, Palo Alto, CA

17 AT&T NETDP Internship #1 Network Engineering Intern 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 17  Project manager of Groom projects to remove GSM (2G) infrastructure, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Performing jobs that make a difference.  Selected to analyze team’s project data and present my accomplishments to the VP of the MTNO team.  Created a process improvement to automate and optimize tasks of MTNO engineering project managers.  HUGE!!! Resulted in a job offer after graduation!

18 AT&T Training 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 18

19 United Airlines Internship #2 Cabin Systems Engineer Intern 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 19  Worked in Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower in Chicago, IL.  Free Flights!

20 United Airlines Internship #2 Cabin Systems Engineer Intern 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 20  Responsibilities:  In Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems.  In Air WiFi.  Lighting.  Video On Demand System (monitors, earphones and intercom).  Developed Engineering Change and Repair Authorizations to modify Cabin Systems on the aircrafts.  Engineer and mechanic relationship  Managed projects implementing Boeing and Panasonic’s engineering service bulletins.  Recognized for delivering more workable engineering documentation than many full time employees.  Volunteer for any and every project!

21 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  SSL is a premier designer, manufacturer, and integrator of reliable communications satellites  Products include high-powered direct-to-home broadcast satellites, commercial weather satellites, digital audio radio satellites and spot- beam satellites for data networking applications.  The versatile 1300 series has a total satellite power capability ranging from 5 to 25 kW continuously throughout the life of the spacecraft, and can support from as few as 12 active transponders to as many as 150 transponders.  Familiar customers include: NASA, XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite radio, and many more! 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 21

22 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  Responsibilities:  A CVE is in charge of the testing and integration of the entire Payload and Communication system on the Satellite. 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 22

23 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  Test Phases a CVE intern is responsible for:  Panel Integration and Tests  Main Body Integration and Reference Performance Tests  Thermal Vacuum Tests  Dynamics Tests  Final Performance and CATR Tests  Pre-Launch Tests 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 23

24 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  Panel Level Integration and Test 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 24

25 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  Main Body Performance and RPT Testing 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 25

26 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  Thermal Vacuum Tests (TVAC) and Dynamic Tests 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 26

27 Space Systems Loral (SSL) Communication Vehicle Engineer Intern  Final Performance and CATR Tests 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 27

28 Questions? 9/9/2014Chabot ENGR 10 Guest Lecture 28 Feel free to me at


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