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9/30/2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Heart Walk - American Heart Association

Saturday, Sept. 30 | Join us for the 2017 American Heart Assocaition Heart Walk. 

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10/5/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Lakeland University

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland University?

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10/7/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-Noon

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10/12/2017 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Speaker Series: Michael Miller

Thursday, October 12, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2:30 p.m. | Michael Miller: The Power of One: Civil Responsibilities

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10/14/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Cooking Demo: Brunch Egg Ideas

Brunch Egg Ideas | Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-Noon

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10/16/2017 - 10/20/2017
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10/16/2017 - 10/20/2017
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10/21/2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Fall Festival & Halloween Party | Oshkosh

Join us for games, prizes, candy & more! Saturday, Oct. 21, Oshkosh Riverside Campus

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10/28/2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Fall Festival & Halloween Party | Appleton

Join us for games, prizes, candy & more! Saturday, Oct. 28, Appleton Campus

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11/2/2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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On Campus: Lakeland University

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland University?

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11/4/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-Noon

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Focus Magazine | Current Issue | Spring 2017

Designing Efficiency: Electro-Mechanical Technology

Designing Efficiency: Electro-Mechanical Technology

Spring 2014

Apr 3, 2014

Electro-Mechanical Technology grad Jacob Winkel is front and center when it comes to ensuring quality standards in industry.

At 22, Jacob Winkel is already using the skills he gained as a student at Fox Valley Technical College in his new career as an engineering lab technician for Ripon-based Alliance Laundry Systems. “We’re a worldwide industry leader in high-quality laundry products such as washers and dryers,” he says. “I work with engineers to test new parts and products.”

While attending FVTC, the Elkhart Lake native learned how to read schematics, wire and test electrical and electronic circuits, design and program electronic and computer controls, and calibrate instruments. As president of the student-run Electronics Club, he also gained strong leadership and teamwork skills.

Winkel’s position requires him to make sure parts like lint screens, belt drives, and dryer doors meet industry standards. “I test for efficiency and power consumption,” he explains. “For example, I designed a piece of equipment to test the force required to open a new dryer door. With a new lint trap, my job was to test and measure air flow to see if there was any blockage.” 

Winkel first heard about his job at a career fair sponsored by FVTC. “Alliance Laundry was one of the companies represented at the event,” he says. “I was hired before I even graduated. In fact, the company let me work part time until I finished the program, and then I was hired full time.”