Dominic Skees

Electrical Engineering Technology (SOET)

What made you choose your specific major?

I have always been fascinated by electronics wondering how they work. Along with the ability to learn about coding and what we can make devices do when we code them with instructions. Also, the fact that the Polytechnic allows me to learn in a hands-on way by applying theory in labs made EET an obvious choice for me to go into.

What are a couple of your things about your program of study?

I had to take Calc I and II along with Physics 220 and 221 as general classes for my program.  But my Electrical Engineering Technology classes consist of learning about the actual electronics of a system and how we can add different things to circuits like resistors, capacitors, or inductors to perform different task. As well as, learning about coding and how we can write code to produce a desired outcome.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

My favorite class project was in ECET 179 where we designed a code and built a circuit in which we could get a multicolor LED to work one light at a time. Then applying a timer to the LED to function as a working kid’s clock. So, morning was red, afternoon white, and night time set to blue. I love being able to see how these real designs and concepts are created from scratch which is what I get to do in EET.  

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I am part of Purdue Disc Golf Club where there are weekly meetings on slater to go and play a round, as disc golf is one of my favorite activities to do. As well as a grappling based club coming from my wrestling background in high school.              

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

I wish someone had told me that the major doesn’t require any previous coding knowledge. This is one thing that worried me about my major, but students take an intro to C programming class that introduces them to the main concepts of C which will be built upon in later classes when actually working with microcontrollers.       

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue Students?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions to your professor or TA’s. There have been many times where I have gone and talked to my professors in office hours or the TA’s during lab to help clarify the subject that we were learning which has helped me succeed in classes.

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