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EAC welcomes a new engineering instructor

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EAC welcomes a new engineering instructor

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Filling the shoes of Dr. Jack Bailey, who retired from EAC’s Engineering Department last spring, has been on the minds of EAC’s hiring committee all summer. Finally, the paperwork is done and EAC is ready to welcome Tom Palmer to the program.

Palmer has been serving as the Branch Manager of Bowman Consulting in Safford, AZ, and as the head of a local consulting firm offering engineering and surveying services throughout the Gila Valley and southeastern Arizona.

“I hate to leave the people I work with at Bowman,” Palmer said. “But I’m thrilled to devote myself to full-time teaching.”

Palmer has been in the engineering industry since high school and loves the engineering field. Throughout his career as a professional engineer, he has enjoyed mentoring young engineers and technicians. “I look forward to building the engineering program at EAC by sharing my enthusiasm for engineering with those I teach. I feel my professional, real-world engineering experience will help me to relate with the students and prepare them for a future in the industry.”

Through his work, Palmer has developed strong relationships with local professional engineers and surveyors in the community, and he hopes to continue to build those relationships to help the students gain exposure to the local communities, mines, and consulting firms as they go through the engineering program.

“As a former student at EAC, I have a great appreciation for the community college environment and philosophy. I am excited to help students begin their engineering careers in an intimate learning environment,” he said.

Fall 2013 classes begin August 19, and registration can be accomplished through the second day of class. For a complete listing of Palmer’s classes, visit To register by phone, call the EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at the College’s website at