Electrical Controls Engineer

Whirlpool Corporation
  • Jonathon Gissentanner
  • Class of 2013
  • College Major: Electrical Engineering
What/who inspired you to get into this field?

Electrical engineering has always been in my family. My great-great-grandfather came back from the war and became an electrician.

What classes would you recommend for this field (high school and college)?

For high school, I’d definitely recommend calculus. Get a good grasp for it early and it’ll probably carry you a long way if you choose the engineering field. In college, believe it or not, the classes that matter the most are technical communications and economics classes.

What are some other companies that employ graduates in this field?

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Honda, Ford, General Motors, General Electric, Halliburton, Shell, BP, Nike, Adidas — and the list goes on and on. Electrical engineering has such a broad range of opportunities.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Getting to see the product go from design to the floor at Best Buy, Lowe’s or Home Depot. I can go to the store and touch something that I helped bring to life.