25 episodes

The podcast about micro and nano technicians: Who they are, what they do, and how they got there. Hosted by Peter Kazarinoff and supported by the Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE).

Talking Technicians MNT-EC

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The podcast about micro and nano technicians: Who they are, what they do, and how they got there. Hosted by Peter Kazarinoff and supported by the Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE).

    S03-E01 Kendra Works in IT

    S03-E01 Kendra Works in IT

    Kendra works as an IT tech at a community college in Asheville, NC. Kendra wanted a change and enrolled in a community college program in web and graphic design. This led to her current role as an IT technician. Hear Kendra’s story and how her work involves more than computers and tech.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/


    A-B Tech: https://abtech.edu/


    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 27 min
    S02-E12 Live at the HI-TEC Conference - 3 technicians share their story

    S02-E12 Live at the HI-TEC Conference - 3 technicians share their story

    Recorded LIVE! At the HI-TEC Conference in Salt Lake City, UT - A special episode of Talking Technicians: We welcome back Linzee, Mark and Glen from Season 2 and hear different perspectives working as a technician. Hear live questions from the audience and feel what it’s like to be part of the HI-TEC Conference.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/


    Jobs at Intel: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/jobs-at-intel.html


    MTTC at the University of New Mexico: https://mfg.unm.edu/mep-nanofab/mttc.html


    University of Utah Electron Microscopy: https://cores.utah.edu/electron-microscopy/


    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 28 min
    S02-E11 Amber Worked to Fight Breast Cancer

    S02-E11 Amber Worked to Fight Breast Cancer

    Amber works in the biotech industry at ICON. She went to a community college biotech program and started working as a technician in Los Angeles. In this episode, hear how technicians save lives by fighting breast cancer. Amber started as a technician and her career shows how far technicians can go.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:
    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/ICON: https://iconplc.com/Pasadena City College Biotech Program: https://pasadena.edu/academics/divisions/natural-sciences/areas-of-study/biotechnology/index.phpEpisode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 25 min
    S02-E10 Mark experienced a whole career as a technician

    S02-E10 Mark experienced a whole career as a technician

    Mark has over 25 years experience working as a technician. He worked as a technician at Intel in many different areas including hiring and training. Currently, Mark works as a technician at the MTTC at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Hear how technicians can do more than maintain and fix equipment; Mark’s career shows how far being a technician can take you.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:
    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/MTTC at the University of New Mexico: https://mfg.unm.edu/mep-nanofab/mttc.htmlJobs at Intel: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/jobs-at-intel.htmlEpisode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 23 min
    S02-E09 Rick is an Experienced Technician

    S02-E09 Rick is an Experienced Technician

    Rick works as a technician at the MTTC at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. He is an experienced technician and has worked at Phillips. Rick shares his professional journey including his time in the Navy and enrolling in community college. Hear how the role of a technician has evolved in this episode.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:
    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/MTTC at the University of New Mexico: https://mfg.unm.edu/mep-nanofab/mttc.htmlEpisode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 33 min
    S02-E08 Corey is a technician that makes pacemakers that save lives

    S02-E08 Corey is a technician that makes pacemakers that save lives

    Corey works as a technician at MSEI in Lake Oswego, OR. Corey was repairing computers before he went to community college and earned a 2-year technician degree. After graduating, Corey got a job as a technician building pacemakers and defibrillators which help save lives. 


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:
    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/MSEI: https://www.mst.com/MSTgroup/mseiEpisode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Matt L 52090 ,

Great Interviews

A collection of great interviews with technicians about their job responsibilities and the steps they took in order to be trained and qualified for their careers.

Lesiecki1 ,

A unique perspective

There are not many podcasts that offer this unique perspective of actually talking to techs in the field and exploring their challenges. It can make a career more real for an aspiring students.