Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Johnson

Specialist RAN Engineer


AT&T

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Majored in Electrical Engineering.
Took too much on and changed my major to Government because it was easy.
Worked at the same job I had before I got my degree because it was familiar.
Decided that I really did want to be an Engineer so I went back to school.
Graduated with a BS and an MS in Engineering.
Got the job I always wanted solving problems and working with new technology everyday.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Science Academy at Lyndon B Johnson
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
The University of Texas at Austin
undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas
graduate
Graduate
RF and Microwave Engineering
The University of Texas at Dallas
Career

Career

Specialist RAN Engineer

I fix problems that pop up on our wireless network.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

My day generally starts by checking email and getting caught up on anything I may have coming up that day. Then the real work begins, checking the status of repairs that are in progress. After updating any information with on going work, I start working on new problems identified by our Labs group. I also have meetings to attend with other groups and if I'm lucky I will get a little more technical training in. We are constantly learning new things because the network is constantly changing.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

There are numerous technical training courses I needed to take for the different wireless technologies. Knowledge of the network and all the different components is essential to do my job. There are also additional technical training courses on IP Networking. Outside of the technical training, good communication skills are probably the most important skills that I have also needed.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Follow your interests. One thing I didn't realize when I was in college was how much was out there. Don't be afraid to change your major or take a class that sounds interesting because it is easier to change your course in college than out of it. It's also much easier to sit through a lecture about something you care about. Take challenging courses too because it will help prepare you for the difficulties you will face after school is out.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
graduate
Graduate
RF and Microwave Engineering
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Failure is not an option."