Faculty Spotlight: Jim Filipek
Jim Filipek's entire family was involved in manufacturing, so it was no surprise that he followed that career path.
"We were all very comfortable and happy," he said. "For 11 years, I worked in the manufacturing industry and then taught high school machine shop for 20 years."
During this time, he began teaching at College of DuPage and was hired full-time in 2009 as coordinator of the Manufacturing Technology and Welding programs.
"It is rewarding to pass along your expertise and experience to future generations," he said.
Although the recent economy has taken its toll on the workforce, Filipek is confident about the industry and the number of jobs available.
"In spite of a fragile economy, job opportunities are plentiful in the manufacturing industry," he said. "There are three processes that sustain our world: growing, mining and manufacturing. Everything that happens is based on these three areas!
"The fact is that our country will be resilient in these uncertain times. I am confident we will overcome our challenges just as we did in two World Wars, a great depression and, most recently, after the terrorist attacks on 9/11."
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