Faculty Contact - Riverland

Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics

Alan Lawrence

Alan Lawrence -  Industrial Maintenance Faculty
Phone: 507-379-3343

About Alan

I have been working at the Rochester Community and Technical College for the past 13+ years, and I have had a special interest and experience in teaching and helping students acquire the skills they need to succeed in their life. As far back as I can remember, I started by assisting in my Boy Scout troop as an assistant scout master, and I participated in the Scouts all the way until I got my Eagle Scout rank. Years later I served as a scoutmaster for my son's troop. In addition to that vocation, I have always been very mechanically inclined. From learning hands-on construction and electrical work with my father who was a master electrician, to getting a background in physics at the U of M. From there I decided that I preferred to work with my hands and graduated out of Dunwoody in 1981 from where I am ASE certified. After working for 27 years in the automotive industry, where I reached managerial level; I decided to change careers and became a building utilities mechanic. I have worked at RCTC since 2008, although in the meantime I obtained a Bachelor of Sciences degree-in Occupational Safety and Health online. I also became a Ham radio operator and hold all 3 operator's licenses.

In my role as an instructor, I have been passionate about helping students find employment opportunities that they otherwise would have had difficulty obtaining. I have done this by maintaining a good relationship with local employers and setting up job boards and internships. While I was a student at RCTC, I was a founding member of the B.U.M club that offers students activities within our maintenance trade. I have also worked with the Workforce Center to help train unemployed applicants in things like welding and forklift operation to make them more employable. Similarly, I have taught OSHA 10-30 as an outreach trainer for the community at large. More recently, in the context of the pandemic, I also taught respirator training to nursing and EMT students.

Mathew Bera

Mathew Bera Customized Training Faculty

About Mathew

Experience with Welding, Fabrication and erection of Structural steel, Pressure Vessels, and various repair welding and fabrication.