Meet Our Instructors

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Travis Raspotnik - Instructor

Contact Info

Email: travisraspotnik (at) kentisd.org
Phone: 1 (616) 364-8421 Ext: 2689

Background

Mr. Raspotnik comes to the Tech Center from West Shore ESD where he worked in their CAD/CAM, Machine Tool and Mechatronics programs. He was also an adjunct instructor at West Shore Community College for Precision Machine Technology.  He is the instructor for the full Mechatronics Program.

Educational background

Associate of Applied Science, Manufacturing Tooling Technology, Ferris State University
Bachelor of Applied Science, Manufacturing Engineering, Ferris State University
Vocational Trades Certification, Ferris State University

Industry Experience

New Era Racecraft, New Era, MI

  • CNC Programmer and Operator
  • Fabrication
  • Mechanic

Whitehall Industries, Ludington MI

  • Manufacturing Engineering Internship
  • Process improvement in robotic cells
  • Writing work instructions

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Kurt Goodman - Instructor

 

Contact Info

Email: kurtgoodman (at) kentisd.org

Phone: 1 (616) 364-8421 Ext: 2692

 

Background

I came to the Tech Center in the fall of 2018 to teach first year Mechatronics.

I started working in education as a paraprofessional in the Welding Technology program at Mecosta Osceola Career Center. Then I became a teacher at Montcalm Area Career Center. I worked there as a Welding Technology Instructor for 7 years. During that time, I also taught as an adjunct Welding Instructor for Montcalm Community College. Then, I worked full time with Montcalm Community College, as an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Coordinator prior to coming to KCTC.

Industry experience

I worked for Davis construction as a Welder for 7 years, while attending College. Upon graduation, I worked for 3 years as a Welding Engineer at Challenge Manufacturing, an auto supplier of stamped and welded sheet metal components. While there I was responsible for:

  • Automation weld process improvement
  • Weld quality
  • Standardization of equipment and consumables 

I attended Ferris State University and Western Michigan University and earned degrees in:

  • Associates Applied Science – Welding Technology (Ferris State University)
  • Bachelors Applied Science – Welding Engineering Technology (Ferris State University)

Special professional interests
 

  • Welding Automation process improvement
  • Welding Inspection

Favorite Things About the Tech Center and Teaching

I enjoy giving students the opportunity to gain skills they can apply towards the achievement of a long term career. I like doing this work at KCTC because of the dedicated staff, who truly care about the success of their students.