By Roadtrip Nation

Dean Barre


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Leander, Texas, and was raised by my mom and my grandfather.
My grandfather was an engineer and really encouraged me to do well in school and explore STEM—because of his influence, I started the STEM program at my high school.
After high school, I earned my associate degree from Austin Community College’s advanced manufacturing program.
I started my career with Samsung in their internship program, which is a 10-week course where I was mentored by someone who runs a hardware lab at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.
That apprenticeship led to a technician position with Samsung, which I’m currently doing now.
I’ll be going back to Austin Community College in the fall for the new bachelor’s degree program to study supply chain automation in an industrial setting.


High School
Associate's Degree
Advanced Manufacturing
Austin Community College


Advanced Manufacturing Program Graduate

I help build semiconductors as a calibration technician.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Talk about it. Talk to your friends, teachers, and mentors. That will help you figure out what the right path is for you. Sometimes we tend to stay in our own heads. Talking it out with others and hearing from people who have already been through the high school to college transition can help a lot.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I didn't go to a four-year university, so I'm at a disadvantage."

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