“Manufacturing is a good and noble profession as a career for life,” says Tom Vanderloop. “My goal is simple: Love what you do and that passion will show up every day. Most students know I love my role as a teacher. Manufacturing guides my professional contributions.” An instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) since 1985, Vanderloop graduated from Fox Valley Technical College with an associate degree in Mechanical Design Technology.
“Technical college was the best move I ever made,” he says. “I enjoyed the learning experience and the many mentors and leaders along the way.” After earning his associate degree Vanderloop worked for Kroy Industries in Stillwater, Minnesota, (a product division of UFE Plastics), as a design engineer.
He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout earning two under graduate and two graduate degrees and was an assistant professor there for several years. Vanderloop also taught drafting at Moraine Park Technical College and published a textbook, “Blueprint Reading for the Machine Trades.”
“I looked at all the avenues and decided I belonged teaching in a tech college,” Vanderloop recalls. “I prefer hands-on learning and application.”
A master networker, Vanderloop has worked with more than 30 area companies as an “Extension-Outreach Trainer” for Community Industries. Vanderloop’s enthusiasm for manufacturing is contagious. He enjoys introducing his students to professionals he has met over the years.
When he was a student at Fox Valley, Vanderloop joined the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and has been an advisor for the CVTC chapter for 29 years. In 2013, he received the Faculty Advisor Professional Development award at the group’s national annual meeting in Baltimore, Md.
His peer and colleagues have nothing but good things to say about him. “Tom has an extreme passion for everything he teaches, and for SME,” said Bob Grzegorek, former chairman of the SME student chapter.