Title: Power System Technician, USAF Chief Master Sergeant (Retired)
Location: Moses Lake, Washington, United States
Stephen E. Matern, Instructor of Industrial Electrical Technology at Time Instructor of Industrial Electrical Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of electronics education.
Always fascinated with electronics Mr. Matern pursued a career where he can both learn and teach his passion. After graduating from high school, Mr. Matern joined the U.S. Marines in 1965, learned radio operations, and became a substation radio operator for the Southern California Edison Company in Los Angeles. He assumed the role of senior substation operator with the Bonneville Power Administration in Madras, Oregon, in 1972 and he remained with the organization until 1999. During the course of his career, Mr. Matern became a power system control craftsman at the company’s locations in Longview, Washington, and Moses Lake, Washington, all while sharing his knowledge with the students of Big Bed Community College as a part-time instructor. Mr. Matern worked as a full-time instructor for the school from 1999 until 2009 and presently teaches again as a part-time instructor.
Mr. Matern accomplished a great deal during the course of his career. He was responsible for developing and teaching basic electricity and electronic courses for evening classes at Big Bend Community College. Additionally, he has developed and presented a three-day basic electronics orientation and refresher lecture for an Air National Guard Power Generation Technician training course and has been a contributor, to “Telecommunications in Power System Control,” the NARTE Newsletter. In order to prepare for his career, Mr. Matern earned an Associate in Arts and Science in general education from Big Bend Community College, a Bachelor of Science in business management from Heritage College, and an Associate of Applied Science in electronics system technology from the Community College of the Air Force. As a testament to his success, he has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the West.
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