UC Clermont Student Finds Success in Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program

Alex Komala's industry experience and hands-on skills acquired through the college's Manufacturing Engineering Technology program leave him poised for success.

For Alex Komala, a student in UC Clermont College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, the second time was the charm.

Komala first started his academic journey as a pre-engineering student at the college in 2009, but when he was presented with a full-time job in manufacturing, he jumped at the chance — and found a new path to a degree.

“I was given the opportunity to go into a tool and die-maker apprenticeship program,” Komala says. “I started out running a machine, then got into the making and fixturing of the products, and finally transferred into new product development.”

His employer also offered to pay for his schooling, and Komala “really wanted to go back to school.” He re-enrolled part time at UC Clermont, this time focused on designing products through the college’s computer-aided drafting (CAD) program, which soon morphed into the current Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program.  

When Komala returned to campus, he found that his original reasons for choosing UC Clermont remained true.

“It was close to home, smaller, and down to earth,” the Loveland resident says. But he also found benefits unique to his program. “I really like the hands-on experience we get in manufacturing engineering,” Komala says. “There’s a strong real-world aspect to the program, and it lines up with what actually happens in the field.”  

As a full-time working student, Komala also has appreciated the flexibility of the program and his instructors in accommodating his work schedule while helping him stay on track for graduation.

Student Alex Komala in garage. Photo by Danny Kidd

Alex Komala (Photo by Danny Kidd)

“Instructors Chris Goodman and Dexter Hulse have been great examples and mentors,” Komala says. “I've had one of them for almost every manufacturing class, and they have been great about working around my schedule to help me get the classes I need.”

Thanks to their guidance, Komala is set to graduate with his associate’s degree this summer and plans to stay in the engineering field, helping to design and oversee projects. He credits both the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program — and on-the-job experience — with his bright future prospects.

“I’ve put in the hours and the hard work,” Komala says. “You've got to start somewhere, and the right experience is key to becoming successful.”  

For more information about the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program visit: http://bit.ly/1Vzi4il or contact Chris Goodman at 513-558-5344.  


UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful wooded acres in Batavia Township.  The college is an accredited, open-access college offering more than 50 programs, associate degrees and a bachelor degree. UC East, a Clermont County expansion in the former Ford plant in Batavia Township, opened in the fall of 2010. It is home to UC Clermont's Allied Health programs. The college is part of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-732-5200 or visit www.ucclermont.edu

This story was originally published on 6/2/2016.