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Alumnus Will Schoenhals puts education to work in aerospace career

Young alumnus Will Schoenhals recently witnessed firsthand the benefits of his TU education while presenting to company officials in his role at Shen Te Enterprises. The company specializes in logistic and engineer support as well as fidelity maintenance, cockpit and cabin training equipment. Schoenhals earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2015 and a master’s in electrical engineering in the fall of 2017 before beginning his career at Shen Te Enterprises in January 2018.

This spring in a seamless presentation, he stood up before superiors from another company to explain how his firm could help increase profits and improve operations.

“I was totally unafraid,” Schoenhals said. “I was confident, and it’s really fun to be able to use the skills I developed at TU.”

As an electrical engineer, he is tasked with stripping C-130 Vietnam-era planes and replacing all of the components to retrofit the aircraft as fuselage training simulators for the U.S. government. Through coordination with other companies, Schoenhals works to create a functional simulation of aircraft hydraulic systems, lights, control panels and loading equipment all tied back to a central computer.

“The first phase is the wiring, but we’re also going to more of the simulation design ourselves because we’re growing as a company,” he said.

TU instructor Douglas Jussaume’s graduate level course, Engineering Management, as well as other undergraduate senior design classes left an impression on Schoenhals and taught him how to apply his education in a professional setting.

“Doing my job, I can see where they’re coming from,” he said. “Those classes stuck with me, and the professors definitely prepared me for what to expect in the real world.”

As a native Tulsan, Schoenhals discovered electrical engineering in high school. When he graduated from TU, he was surprised to find an aerospace career opportunity in his hometown where the industry continues to thrive.