CEM Faculty & Staff

College of Electronics Manufacturing is a modern, professional training program. CEM is made up of a highly experienced staff whose focus is the revival of Advanced Electronics Manufacturing in America.


Steven
Weeks

College President
& Founder

Steven Weeks is a veteran who proudly served our country in the United States Coast Guard.  He was part of the Coast Guard White House Honor Guard during the 1976 Bi-Centennial Celebration in Washington D.C.  Steven received Aviation electronics Certification along with NASA-AMRIP printed circuit board soldering repair training and certification.

After serving our country, Steven earned a Bachelors Degree in Vocational Education, majoring in Workforce and Curriculum Development.  He then became a Professor at Sierra College, in Rocklin, CA.  In 1998 Weeks began consulting in the Electronics Manufacturing world. He was a consultant on the 2nd generation Xbox after some of the first generation boxes developed the infamous “Black Screen of Death.” He was part of the team that constructed, what was at that time, our countries largest Clean Room. Steve continues to consult our industry regarding quality control questions and practices, new hardware designs, and some of the latest practices in the soldering field. He has taught classes for prestigious companies like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Intel, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Corporation and hundreds of other companies both nationally and internationally. Steven is considered one of top leaders in the field of soldering techniques. His vast knowledge of our industry is a valuable asset to the college.

Steven’s reason and focus in founding the college is to “Create the Work Experience” in each and every class taught.  This prepares the student for a smoother transition into the Electronics Manufacturing work environment.

 

Lisa
Branum

Master Instructor

Lisa started in the industry soldering circuit boards in 1981 and has been working in Electronics Manufacturing ever since. She has worked in almost every aspect of PCB manufacturing from manual to automated.  In addition, Lisa has experience as a Quality Manager, ISO Coordinator, Manufacturing Supervisor and Process Engineer.  She then worked for an electronics manufacturer as their onsite CIT leading up to her work at Soldering.biz, where she is now an MIT.

Lisa's passion is Blues Music. "Especially local Portland area bands. Every genre of da' blues. Family means the world to me as do the people I deem family. I have an empathic heart, which is why I love to help people and training comes so easy to me."

 

Mark
Fruechtel

Master Instructor

Mark's electronics career started at Hewlett-Packard (HP), then SHARP Microelectronics. Over the years he has worked in various manufacturing, engineering and IT roles. He is a Master level IPC trainer. When Mark is not teaching classes at our school, he’s off training engineers and technicians across the country for our sister company, soldering.biz. Mark owns an LED lighting design company and continues to enjoy the challenges clients such as the band Slipknot bring. He is the President of DogPaw, a non-profit that designs; manages and maintains our county's off-leash dog parks. He loves his 3 dogs and 2 cats that share his home.

Mark has a knack for explaining technical material in a way that is easy to understand. He makes learning enjoyable. His main hobbies are his high performance cars and anything related to rock/metal music.

 

Bruce
Avery

Lead Mentor

Bruce Avery, our Lead Mentor, has worked in the mentoring world for more than 35 years. Aside from being an adventure driven person in his personal life (CX racing, triathlons, hiking, golf, and writing), Bruce is an expert at working with people who tend to get stuck in self-defeating, negative thought patterns. Helping people discover what might be fueling destructive attitudes is crucial to developing the hunger for being a life-long learner; someone not afraid to ask for help, or clarification. If you sometimes struggle with a “glass half empty” perspective, Bruce will help you identify the self-sabotaging lies you may be telling yourself.

From building a professional resume, to learning how to interview well, Bruce will be there to assist you in your professional growth.