Growing up, Andrew Pathic enjoyed taking small
electronics apart to see how they worked. It wasn’t until he started classes at
St. Clair County Community College, however, that he realized he could turn his
hobby into a career.
Pathic, a Peck High School graduate, recently graduated
cum laude with an industrial automation technology degree and two certificates in
engineering technology and electrical/industrial. He said this wasn’t the
direction he was going to go when he first sat down with advisor Scott Watson.
“I was pretty lost and was leaning more toward
healthcare, but after I talked to Scott about all of my experiences he said I
sounded more like a hands on, get dirty and work hard kind of guy, and an automation
tech degree would be perfect for that,” Pathic said. “Scott was a great help
throughout the program, he kept me motivated and pushed me. He’s an awesome
Watson said he nominated Pathic for the Student
Recognition Ceremony because he felt he was a good student who showed a lot of
determination when it came to completing his degree.
Shortly after graduation Pathic got a job at Huron Inc.
in Lexington, as an industrial automation technician. He said his role is to
troubleshoot when a machine goes down in order to get it back up and running.
“I work with the programmable logic controllers or
PLCs which are the brains of the machine,” he said. “It communicates with the
machine using sensors and makes the machine go in the right sequence so it can perform
its operation. It’s awesome to get to tear things apart to see how stuff
Pathic said SC4 helped prepare him greatly for his new
role and, aside from Watson, credits SC4 professor Matt Morabito with helping
him achieve success.
“He taught my basic electronics classes and was the
first teacher in the first class I ever took at SC4,” he said. “He was very
motivational and pushed me to not only get my work done but get it done right.
He made sure you knew the material and overall he was a great teacher.”
Pathic spoke highly of the program and said he would
recommend this degree to anyone.
“What was nice about the program is every class tied
together somehow and it’s hands on,” he said. “So if you love working with
machines and getting your hands dirty then you would love this degree.”
What is Pathic’s advice for current students? “Stick
with it! As long as you work hard you will achieve your goals, especially in
this field. This is a great program with great teachers, and your hard work
will pay off in the long run.”