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Industrial Skills Instructors

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Mark Bosworth

Mark Bosworth brings more than 25 years of experience in machining and tool and die making to Selsius™ training programs. That experience includes hands-on involvement in the workforce and more than 15 years in industrial consulting and instructing.

After a decade of instructing and serving as the Precision Machining Technology department head at Ranken Technical College, Bosworth decided to bring his expertise to the Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology Center.  

His expertise includes non-traditional machine processes, machine and tool design plus advanced CNC machining and programming. He also has experience with milling machines, grinders, lathes and drill presses.

Bosworth is certified in Master Cam and Vericut Software and by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). He holds a bachelor's degree in management from National-Louis University and an associate's degree in machining from Ranken Technical College.

He apprenticed with the Machinist Union and worked in machining and tool and die making positions with the Marsh Company, Peerless Premier Appliance Company, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Empire Comfort Systems, and H&R Tool and Machine. 


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James Williams

James Williams, a premier welding instructor at Southwestern Illinois College and Selsius™, has spent more than 38 years working in industry and instructing. His welding expertise also qualifies him to serve on SWIC's welding advisory board.

Williams worked in welding capacities for numerous companies including Atlas Tool doing pressure vessel work, ACF Industries as a welding supervisor, Barry-Wehmiller as a certified pipe welder on stainless steel pipe, Xxtra Intermodal and Fruehauf as a welder, and Central Mine and Equipment Company as a welder/fabricator. 

His 20 years in the automotive industry allowed him to develop expertise in GMAW robotic and manual welding processes. Later, Williams moved into inspection and welding jobs with GRP Mechanical at the Conoco Phillips Refinery and Hillsdale Fabricators Division.

Williams began his instructional career in welding at Vatterott - Sullivan (formerly St. Louis Welding Institute) teaching blue print reading, weld theory and all weld processes. He is a graduate of the St. Louis Welding Institute and a certified journeyman pipe welder.  

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Keith Otten

Keith Otten brings more than 15 years' experience in the construction trades to the training programs at Selsius™ and Southwestern Illinois College. His experience includes work in maintenance and new construction, as well as ten years in industrial instruction.

Before bringing his industrial training expertise to the SWIC Industrial Technology Center, Otten taught technical drawing at Illinois State University. He was also an industrial arts instructor for Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ill., teaching electricity, electronics, automotive repair, small engines and CAD/drafting. Otten has been with SWIC since 2010, specializing in the instruction of HVAC, machining and welding.

Otten earned a Master of Education degree from Lindenwood University, a Bachelor of Science in technology education from Illinois State University and an associate degree from Southwestern Illinois College in arts, science and applied science. He is EPA certified and has made numerous presentations on welding and HVAC topics for various organizations and schools. He has twice been published in the Illinois Journal of Technology and is a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society.

His work experience spans 15 years of construction and maintenance work with Harlan Construction, Pass Properties and Oetjen Construction Company. 

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Robert Lee

Robert "Bo" Lee is a key member of the Selsius™ industrial training team with more than 20 years of on-the-job experience and five years in instruction.

Lee has served as an instructor for Selsius™ and the Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology Center since 2008. His training specialties include rigging, welding and blue-print reading. He is also an instructor in the apprenticeship program for Ironworkers Local 392, East St. Louis and previously provided industrial training for Lewis and Clark Community College.

He holds an associate's degree in Welding Technology from Southwestern Illinois College. He is a certified welding inspector and certified welding educator and serves as committee chairperson for the American Welding Society Education Committee, St. Louis Section. Lee also completed OSHA 510 (construction safety) and OSHA 500 (construction health and safety for trainers) courses at St. Louis University.

Lee holds journeyman Ironworker status and has been a member of Ironworkers Local 392 since 1996. He has also worked at Central Mine Equipment Company in Earth City, Missouri as a welder/fabricator. 

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Jerry Esselman

Jerry Esselman a key member of the Selsius™ electrical and PLC training team with more than 15 years of on-the-job experience and nine years in instruction.

Since 2004, Esselman has brought his unique experiences to students at Ranken Technical College and most recently to the Industrial Technology Center at Southwestern Illinois College and Selsius™. Esselman's areas of expertise are all things electrical and programmable logic controllers. 

He holds an associate's degree in electrical/electronic instruments from the Community College of the Air Force and another from Lewis and Clark Community College. He has more than 250 credit hours from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and received journeyman status as an electrician in electronics instrumentation from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Esselman has worked at French Gerleman, Kirby Risk Electric Supply and Purina Mills, Inc. His positions dealt with the sale of electrical automation controls and power products, automated manufacturing, project engineering, electrical usage audits and electrical equipment maintenance and troubleshooting. 

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Mike Pernicka

With more than 35 years of work experience, Mike Pernicka brings real-world pneumatic and hydraulic knowledge to the Selsius™ training programs. He has been an instructor with Southwestern Illinois College and Selsius™ for nearly 10 years, bringing his brand of practical instruction to trainees and students.

Pernicka spent his lengthy career with Granite City Steel , a division of National Steel. He apprenticed there to become a Journeyman Pipefitter going on to work in that field for 19 years. He also became an 4F certified welder and later served as a Maintenance Supervisor for more than 11 years before retiring from the company.

Now he is a consultant for Granite City Steel, which helps keep him up to date with advances in pipefitting, mechanical systems and hydraulics.

Pernicka's areas of instructional expertise include mechanical systems, piping and pneumatics and hydraulics. Pernicka holds an associate's degree in data processing technology. 

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Steve Maggos

Steve Maggos is an automation and training specialist with 27 years of practical and classroom experience ranging from process instrumentation to the latest distributed control systems. Maggos is proficient with technical training development and delivery for systems, including Allen-Bradley PLCs, Modicon PLCs, computer networks, Wonderware's suite of operations management software, terminal servers/thin clients, process instrumentation, ABB DCS and business intelligence software.

Maggos's work experience includes managing the Electrical and Instrumentation Controls departments at Ameren Missouri's Power Operations Services Training Center, serving as an application engineer for Synergy Automation and as a maintenance mechanic with St. Louis County Water Company. He has also worked as a consultant with Logic Inc. and SGS Solutions, helping a variety of clients and industries. 

Maggos is an expert in industrial training. He worked as a trainer with several employers and served as both instructor and department head for Ranken Technical College before making the decision to bring his expertise to Selsius™.

Maggos has degrees in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and in AT Instrumentation & Process Control from Ranken Technical College. He is certified as a CompTIA CTT+ trainer, a Friesen, Kaye & Associates instructor and a Wonderware training provider. 

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Charles Fears

With more than 35 years of electrical work experience, Charles Fears brings a wealth of real-world electrical knowledge to Selsius™. Fears worked for McDonald Aircraft and Boeing Aircraft as a flight line electrician, for McDonald Electronics as an electronics inspector and for American Car and Foundry as a maintenance electrician. He also spent 29 years at Granite City Steel, a division of National Steel, in various supervisory positions, overseeing daily electrical maintenance and troubleshooting.  

Fears uses his practical work experience to guide his students and trainees at the Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology Center in Granite City. Fears taught classes at SWIC from 1975-1983 and again from 2004 to present.  

His areas of instructional expertise include electrical courses, blue print reading, DC & AC generators and motors, motor control, instrumentation and crane control. His knowledge makes him popular with employers and trainees. Charles has an FCC license and an associate degree in electronics from St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley.   

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Tony Zedolek

Tony Zedolek brings more than 15 years of experience in safety instruction and consulting to the Selsius™ team. His unique ability to explain safe practices to a wide variety of employees, including line, management and executive levels, makes him a popular trainer. 

In addition to safety leadership and safety culture management, Tony is qualified to deliver all levels of safety training, including fall protection, ergonomics, trenching, shoring and excavations, hearing conservation, blood borne pathogens, sling inspection and rigging, compressed gasses, machine guarding, silica and respiration protection, hypothermia, confined space and hazwoper. He routinely delivers Selsius™ OSHA 10- and 30-hour programs, as well as our powered industrial truck training.

Zedolek has spent the majority of his professional career with U.S. Steel, Granite City Works. 

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Andy McKellar

Andy McKellar is a key member of the Selsius™ training team, specializing in OSHA and safety training, as well as leadership development training.

McKellar has been conducting safety, team, apprentice and supervisory development training for more than 16 years. His resume includes high-profile employers such as Ameren and Continental Airlines. 

As a senior training supervisor for Ameren Missouri, McKellar was responsible for training power plant personnel. As a training development specialist and supervisor at American Steel Foundries, he developed Power Industrial Truck training to meet new OSHA standards. In the airline industry, he was a supervisor of line maintenance line operations for TWA supervising aircraft maintenance operations and a mechanic for Continental Airlines.

In addition to his commercial training positions, McKellar's training experience in the classroom is extensive. For more than a decade, he taught industrial arts classes and aviation maintenance courses at Purdue University and Houston Community College.

McKellar is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer in both 10 and 30 hour courses. He is also certified as an instructor for Scaffold Competent Persons and Development Developmental Dimensions International (DDI). He has an Associate of Applied Science in aviation maintenance from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science in industrial education from Purdue University, and a Master of Arts in education from the University of California in Los Angeles. 

Back to Top Jim Funderburk

 Jim Funderburk joined Southwestern Illinois College and Selsius™ in 2013, bringing more than 30 years' experience working in electrical, maintenance, and industrial automation control to our industrial programs. That experience includes a valuable mix of hands-on work in industry as well as industrial training.   

Funderburk spent five years as an industrial trainer at Ranken Technical College where he trained students on programmable controllers, instrumentation, automation controls, process control systems, electrical safety and construction document reading. He left Ranken in 2004 to start his own company providing services for electrical supply and electrical control equipment to companies in the St. Louis area. 

From 1991- 2000, Funderburk gained industry experience with companies in Washington state. He worked as an industrial manager for Keithly Electric Company, as maintenance lead for Kenworth Truck Company  and as a numerical control technician with  Boeing. In these positions, he engineered and supervised the installation of programmable controller automated conveyors and batching systems, maintained equipment in a state-of-the-art automated assembly plant and maintained and provided troubleshooting for CNC and programmable controller automated machinery.

Funderburk began his industrial career in 1982 in St. Louis with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation where he spent over seven years as a maintenance electrician. In this role he worked extensively with programmable controller automated power and free conveyor systems.

Funderburk is certified as a licensed master electrician in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. He graduated from Ranken Technical College, where he specialized in instrumentation and process control technology. 

Back to Top Al Foster

Al Foster brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the Selsius™ training team. His areas of expertise are chemical operations and instrumentation technician training. He has more than 15 years' experience as an industrial trainer and training consultant at various institutions. 

Foster's career includes a 15-year stint with Monsanto as a chemical operator, industrial electrician, and instrumentation technician. Then he moved to Solutia and spent 10 years as a training leader. He brought these work experiences to educational institutions as an instructor, not only to Southwestern Illinois College/Selsius™, but also to Lewis and Clark Community College, Jefferson College, Western Technical College, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and St. Louis Community College.

Foster is a certified DACUM Facilitator, ISO-9000 Internal Auditor, and OSHA Outreach Instructor. He has an associate degree in industrial electronics from Southwestern Illinois College, including a certificate of proficiency in industrial electricity. He also holds both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.