Skip to Main Content

Search

Calendar

«May 2016»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
24252627
4/27/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
37250

Speaker Series: Gregory Feith

Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. | Gregory Feith is a former Senior Air Safety Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board

Read more
28
4/28/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2930
4/30/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
32912

Aviation Fly-In & Open House

Either fly in or drive in for breakfast and explore the aviation training hangar and labs, visit with faculty and try out our full-motion Redbird flight simulators. If you're considering a career in aviation, this event is for you!

Read more
12
5/2/2016
33864

Open Registration for Summer Term

Community registration for Summer 2016 classes starts Monday, May 2.

Read more
3
5/3/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
49053

On Campus: Grand Canyon University

Thinking of transferring to Grand Canyon University?

Read more
4
5
5/5/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
44854

On Campus: Lakeland College

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland College?
Read more
67
8910
5/10/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
49055

On Campus: Herzing University

Thinking of transferring to Herzing University?

Read more
11
12
5/12/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
14
5/14/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
38026

Cooking Demo: Explore the Many Flavors of Chicken

Explore the Many Flavors of Chicken | Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - Noon

Read more
15
5/15/2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
29657

Spring Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations, Graduates!

Read more
16
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
17
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
1819
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
20
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
21
5/21/2016 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8846

FVTC Classic to Current Car & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., J.J. Keller Transportation Center, Appleton Campus

Read more
22232425262728
2930311234
6/4/2016 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
48643

Bark in the Park at FVTC

Enjoy a stroll through FVTC's trails with your furry friend! 

Read more

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above:

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Focus on Alumni: Ryan Guthrie

Focus on Alumni: Ryan Guthrie

Spring 2014

Apr 3, 2014

Q & A with Automated Manufacturing Systems (AMS) Grad Ryan Guthrie

The 29-year-old executive vice president of TM Robotics (Americas) Inc. in Elk Grove Village, Illinois got his start at FVTC and has traveled the world to bring automation to several industries.

What first brought you to Fox Valley Technical College?

I was first introduced to Fox Valley Tech through a campus Discovery Day event that I attended with other students from my high school. At the end of a tour, our group went by the AMS Lab, and I haven’t looked back since!

How did FVTC help you?

Fox Valley Tech was an integral part of my success. I have learned that its AMS program is really a unique offering, not only in the U.S., but globally as well.

I have yet to meet another technician anywhere in the world who was trained with such a variety of industrial disciplines while earning his or her degree. Fox Valley Tech has made it easier for me to adapt to the ever-changing global market as trends come and go and new technologies come into play.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

Every day is a new challenge. One day I might be quoting a new high-speed robot for an application in the food industry, and the next day I could be troubleshooting a machine that is part of a multi-million dollar assembly line for the auto industry. Another day could find me visiting a customer with an application in the bio-medical/pharmaceutical industry.

And of course, I love the travel! I can’t think of a better way to see the world, meet new people, and get exposure to so many different cultures.

What advice can you give others about selecting a college today?

Students and parents should look for programs that encourage hands-on learning and training, in addition to having close ties to local industry.

These days, it seems everyone is looking for new employees with experience. With Fox Valley Tech, for example, you can graduate and enter the workforce with real job experience under your belt. That is a win/win!

Quick Facts:

  • 96% placement for graduates of FVTC’s Automated Manufacturing Systems program over the past three years (FVTC’s Graduate Employment Research Reports, 2011, 2012, and 2013)

  • $45,800 approximate average annual salary for graduates of FVTC’s Automated Manufacturing Systems program (FVTC’s Graduate Employment Research Report, 2013) 

Ryan Guthrie's Global Journey

2005: Graduated with an associate degree from FVTC’s Automated Manufacturing Systems program. 

2006: Resided and worked in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. 

2008: Hired by TM Robotics (Europe) Ltd. as a technical and application support technician in England.

2010: Promoted to technical manager, overseeing all technical and application support for the company in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, and Russia.

2013: Currently executive vice president for TM Robotics (Americas) Inc. in the U.S., promoting and servicing Toshiba Machine’s industrial robots throughout North and South America, while still providing technical support in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, and Russia, and the Americas.