Welcome To The Jenison Public Education Foundation
Alumni Spotlight: Mike Noorman, ‘01
The Jenison Public Education Foundation is delighted to present our alumni spotlight series. It’s our privilege to highlight Jenison alumni making a difference across the world!
We kick off our alumni spotlight series with Mike Noorman, ’01. As a Jenison student, Mike was active in marching band, jazz band, pep band, musical pit, tennis, science olympiad, and DECA.
Professionally, Mike serves as a Principal Engineer — Development Safety for GE Aviation. Systems Safety Engineers support the development of avionics and aircraft power products by developing system safety requirements and performing analysis to support the certification.
“In my role I have additional responsibilities of developing/maintaining our internal processes, mentoring junior engineers, consulting on high priority projects, and supporting industry committees. I also am an instructor for the GE Edison program in which new engineers work toward their masters degree while working at GE.”
JPEF: Which college degree did you earn and from which institution?
MN: BS Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University
JPEF: How did you decide on your career?
MN: I always excelled in math and science so I drifted towards careers in STEM. I got an entry level engineering position at GE Aviation (then Smiths Aerospace) as a Maintainability and Testability Engineer (which I knew very little about). It was a low risk position due to it being in GR, and I figured that worst case I would look for other positions once I got my foot in the door. Having a great manager and mentoring structure was vital to me becoming a system safety engineer and eventually becoming one of the key senior members of the team.
JPEF: What can current Jenison students and/or young alumni do to prepare for a higher education and/or a career?
- Find something you like to do — you can always learn new things, but you want it to become a career, not just a job.
- Try to get hands on experience in an environment similar to your career goal. I only interned one summer in an engineering role, but 4 summers of working at a small business in all kinds of roles (manufacturing, shipping, office support, IT) helped me learn many of the other soft skills/common sense thinking that you can’t learn in school.
- Once you get a job out of school, setup a network of mentors. You want people that can help you grow in your specific field, but also more generically in the soft skills. I never liked public speaking in HS/college, but I learned quickly from mentors at work how important it is to advance and be considered an expert.
JPEF: If you could talk to the high school/college you, what advice would you give yourself?
MN: I wish I would have kept up with more extra-curriculars in college because they can be great ways to keep up with hobbies and maintain network connections that can carry forward for a lifetime.
A huge THANK YOU to Mike Noorman for helping us launch our alumni spotlight series.
If you are a Jenison Public Schools alumnus, we would love to hear from you and encourage you to take a moment to complete our alumni survey:
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