“Learning the commands is the easy part. Figuring out what they did wrong and how to fix it is where personal mastery and critical thinking come together to produce a real learning experience.”
Like many transplants to the Hampton Roads region, Pennsylvania native Tom Pringle was drawn to the area by a job in the shipbuilding industry. He came to work for Newport News Shipbuilding in a role that incorporated both design and employee training. The training instructor aspect was an excellent fit for Pringle, who had been interested in teaching since his own days as a student. During his nine years at Newport News Shipbuilding, he took an opportunity to become an adjunct instructor at Thomas Nelson and after a few semesters on the faculty, transitioned to become a full-time professor.
Since coming to Thomas Nelson in 2008, Pringle has taught at least one section of every Computer-Aided Drafting course offered. Committed to giving students the confidence they need to succeed in their classes and careers, he designed the program’s capstone course. Pringle is proud of his involvement in developing the curriculum for the additive manufacturing class and in building the Additive Manufacturing Lab, which boasts multiple 3-D printers, 3-D mills, vacuum formers, a laser cutter and 3-D scanners.
“Learning the commands is the easy part,” says Pringle. “Figuring out what they did wrong and how to fix it is where personal mastery and critical thinking come together to produce a real learning experience.”