Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Headlines

Designing a Future: Mechanical Design

Designing a Future: Mechanical Design

Spring 2014

Twenty-four-year-old David Zalusky joined the military while still in high school. After a stint conducting military police operations in Iraq, the Appleton native enrolled at Fox Valley Technical College on the GI Bill. 

Today, Zalusky maintains a full-time paid internship at Pierce Manufacturing while pursuing his bachelor’s degree. He also serves as a sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. 

Zalusky credits his ongoing success to the FVTC experience. “I originally wanted to work on cars, so I enrolled in the Automotive Technician program,” he says. “After a semester, however, I became intrigued by engineering and decided that instead of fixing problems, I wanted to engineer solutions to prevent problems. So, I switched to the Mechanical Design program.”

His studies at FVTC helped Zalusky land a paid internship with Pierce Manufacturing, a manufacturer of custom fire and rescue apparatus. When Zalusky decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, the company was so impressed with his work skills that it extended his internship two more years. “Fox Valley Tech gave me the skills I needed to read blueprints and use 3D software,” he says. “Today, I work with engineers to design custom parts for fire trucks because of my FVTC experiences.”

After earning his four-year degree in engineering mechanics and astronautics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Zalusky hopes to find a career in aviation.

Quick Facts:

91% placement rate for graduates of FVTC’s Mechanical Design Technology program over the past three years
(FVTC’s Graduate Employment Research Reports, 2011-2013)

$45,000 average annual salary for graduates of FVTC’s Mechanical Design Technology program
(FVTC’s Graduate Employment Research Report, 2013)

219 full-time job postings for mechanical designers in northeast Wisconsin 
(FVTC’s Graduate Employment Research Report, 2013)


 

@FoxValleyTech on Twitter

Get Social

Connect With Us banner

Categories

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Dawn & Dan’s Commencement Journey

Dawn & Dan’s Commencement Journey

Jan 16, 2015

See what it’s like to walk across the stage during a commencement ceremony at a ...

Business Students Make Their Mark

Business Students Make Their Mark

Jan 6, 2015

A team of business students from Fox Valley Technical College completed an inaugural semester in ...

Food Galore Donated by Machine Tool Students

Food Galore Donated by Machine Tool Students

Dec 17, 2014

Students from Fox Valley Tech’s Machine Tool Technician Club collected more than 3,000 ...

Featured Videos

Featured Photos

FVTC President's Blog


Fall 2014 Focus Magazine

Career Minded: Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, featuring programs that are in demand now. 


Upcoming Events

3 Feb 2015

Employment Seminar - Appleton

8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | Appleton Campus

Employment Seminar - Appleton

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Appleton Campus

4 Feb 2015

5 Feb 2015

Calendar

«January 2015»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
28293031123
45678910
1112
1/12/2015 - 1/16/2015
26404

Interim Week

Interim week offerings are available to all FVTC students. 
Read more
13
1/12/2015 - 1/16/2015
26404

Interim Week

Interim week offerings are available to all FVTC students. 
Read more
14
1/12/2015 - 1/16/2015
26404

Interim Week

Interim week offerings are available to all FVTC students. 
Read more
15
1/12/2015 - 1/16/2015
26404

Interim Week

Interim week offerings are available to all FVTC students. 
Read more
1617
18192021
22
1/22/2015 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
20442

1/22: On Campus: UW-Green Bay

Thinking of transferring to UW-Green Bay? 

Read more
2324
1/24/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8883

Discovery Day

Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC.

Read more
2526
1/26/2015 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
22606

FOXES vs Madison College

Women start at 5:30 p.m. | Men start at 7:30 p.m.

Read more
27283031
124567

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: