Real Achievement: MTC Industrial Technologies Instructor Named Top Technical College Faculty Member in the State
The South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners has named Midlands Technical College (MTC) Industrial Technologies instructor Dr. Alan Grier the top Technical College Faculty Member for 2017.
An exceptional faculty member at MTC for more than 28 years, Grier also has significant experience in the workforce in both engineering technology and industrial technology producing prototypes for countless inventors and innovators in South Carolina and the nation. This blend of real-world experience as an innovator in his field is an unparalleled benefit for students.
“When it comes to knowledge and expertise in the profession, Dr. Grier’s comprehensive approach to preparing students for the technical workforce stands out. He brings honor to the college and something more — a love for teaching technology that makes learning technology a joy for his students,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames.
An instructor at Midlands Technical College since the 1980s, Grier has taught every mechanical engineering transfer, mechanical engineering technology, engineering graphics technology, machine tool technology, and mechatronics course offered at Midlands Technical College. He created the first project at the college to design and build an automated manufacturing system that included CNC machines, robots, injection molding machines, conveyors, and mechanisms.
“We are fortunate to have Alan Grier at Midlands Technical College,” said Rhames. “He has a gift for teaching and brings unique and memorable hands-on experiences to the classroom that make learning come alive.”
Grier’s students agree, and his passion for teaching is consistently reflected in his students’ evaluations.
“Alan Grier is a great teacher with experience in both engineering and machining,” said one of his students. “He can explain what you are doing, how to do it, and why. Not only do we have great in-class instruction, we take field studies to outside shops to learn how the real world gets it done and see the potential career paths.”
In addition to recognizing the top technical college employees, the South Carolina Association of Technical College Commissioners works to provide orientation and education for area commissioners and to provide advocacy and unity for the 16 technical colleges they represent.