Adam Balogh

Adam Balogh

Machine Technology Instructor

Laney College

Oakland, CA USA

The most fulfilling life is one that is about learning and developing. Go into it with the sense that life is a project about becoming a more knowledgeable person, and enjoy that process.


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Adam Balogh


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born in Hungary, but when the Soviet Union fell and the borders opened up, my family decided to immigrate to the U.S.
I attended a four-year college, where I earned my degree in comparative literature.
After graduating from college in 2010—one of the worst years of the recession—I managed to find a job at a coffee shop...but I hated it.
Seeing me struggle with depression due to my career and financial situation, my girlfriend (now wife) paid for me to go to a community college so I could find something that I truly enjoyed.
Attended Laney College, where I randomly decided to start taking classes in industrial maintenance and machine technology and immediately fell in love with it.
After only two semesters of classes, I was able to find my first job as a machinist before I had even finished the program.
Eventually earned my associate’s degree in machine technology and worked a variety of machining jobs at companies like East Bay Municipal Utility District and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Returned to Laney College as an instructional assistant and am now a full-time machine technology instructor; in my spare time, I run a YouTube channel called “Machine Tech Video Blog” for fun.
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Machine Technology Instructor

I teach machine technology at a community college.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be open to pursuing a career in a trade. There is such a demand for workers and not enough supply. College and a 4-year degree are not your only options. Explore what alternatives are available to you and what path would best suit your goals.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Machine Technology


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Blue collar work is dull and mindless."

Challenges I Overcame

Mental Health Issues
Career Change