The Coshocton County Beacon January 4, 2017 - Page 7

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COTC Engineering Technology graduate ’ s career comes full circle

NEWARK - John Keaser Jr . grew up in Newark and is from a blue-collar family . All of his relatives worked in factories doing manual labor , and that is what he thought he was supposed to do as well . When Keaser graduated high school in 2003 , going to college wasn ’ t on the radar . He bounced around from manufacturing job to manufacturing job . He also dabbled in car sales , swimming pool installation and construction . Eventually , Keaser landed a solid job at a restaurant supply company in Columbus where he travelled around the United States installing stainless steel restaurant equipment .
“ I was doing pretty well ,” said Keaser . “ I was making pretty good money . Then in 2008 , when the housing bubble burst , I was laid off . I finally said ‘ enough is enough .’ I knew I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny . I decided I needed a trade or a skillset to separate me from the majority .”
That is when Keaser enrolled at Central Ohio Technical College ( COTC ). He started taking classes and pursued a degree in engineering technology .
“ I decided to roll the dice and chose drafting and design ,” said Keaser . “ I remember buying a lot of the stuff for the class and having no clue what any of the stuff was . But , I immediately took a liking to it . I learned a lot at COTC . There were things I wasn ’ t even aware of . COTC made me a more diverse person . I was never that great at math in high school but as an adult at COTC , I excelled at it . It was a great time in my life .”
Keaser graduated from COTC in 2011 and eventually returned to the restaurant supply company that laid him off in 2008 . However , this time he wasn ’ t installing equipment . He was designing it .
“ It was pretty ironic ,” said Keaser . “ I worked there for a couple of years as a design engineer , designing the stuff I used to install .”
Then , he saw a position for a lead computer-aided design engineer open up at a company called RoboVent in Columbus . Keaser applied and got the job . RoboVent provides industrial ventilation solutions for manufacturers .
“ We go into manufacturing facilities , and we do air quality studies ,” said Keaser . “ We sample the amount of particulate in the air and see what manufacturing processes produce contaminants . We find any contaminants that are produced at a facility that pollute the air . We find out where the contaminants are being created , and we use industrial ventilation design standards to put together solutions . For other solutions , we do computational fluid dynamic studies with software to map out airflow patterns in buildings . Based on all the information we gather , we design systems to clean up the air for people .”
Keaser has been working at RoboVent for about two years . He enjoys going to the manufacturing facilities , hearing the concerns of employees , collecting and analyzing the data , and designing a ventilation solution to keep factory workers healthy and safe . Given his history , Keaser feels like this is a great job for him .
“ I grew up in a blue-collar family . My family members worked in factories , and I worked in factories ,” said Keaser . “ I was around manufacturing the majority of my adult life . Now , I ’ m on the other side of that making sure people like my family members are protected . It was what I was meant to do .”
After COTC Keaser got a bachelor ’ s degree from Ohio University , and now he ’ s considering starting a master ’ s degree program .
“ You spend that time in college working for your degree . When you graduate you have to spend your time making that degree work for you . I feel like I have done that , and it has been great .”
Central Ohio Technical College is a fully accredited , public college dedicated to providing high-quality , accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs , as well as encouraging the professional development of students , staff , faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential . COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations : Newark , Coshocton , Knox and Pataskala .
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