From technical school teachers to industry experts, our instructors have years of experience working in their specialized fields and are eager to teach others the skills needed to suceed in their chosen field.
Commercial Driver's License
Sid Gonsor, CDL Instructor, started working with The Training Place in 2003. He is certified to train in all aspects of Truck Transportation, and has been trained in all aspects of Transportation Safety. He is also qualified to teach vacuum infusion and forklift safety.
Todd works for Swenson Welding. Before this position, he underwent two years of vocational training at Wilmar Vocational School, and has been welding in the field ever since. Todd has done a significant amount of independent welding, and has held numerous welding positions at companies such as Stockholm Refrigeration, Pipestone Dairy Equipment, and Redlinger, Inc. He received qualification and training through these in-field experiences in partnership with American Engineering of Sioux Falls. He also teaches classes at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. These include proper welding procedures such as appropriate hand skills, techniques, settings of welding equipment, polishing and finishing the weld. Todd’s objective for teaching is to turn out quality workmanship in the welding field. He believes with the proper instruction, students will have valuable skills that allow them to compete for higher paying jobs.
DR. JUAN GONZALEZ
Northern State University
B.A., M.A., University of Utah, Ph.D, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Juan M. Gonzalez, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, worked for 18 years as an international public relations specialist/marketing rep for an advertising firm. Part of his responsibilities included making three-to-four-week trips throughout South America and Mexico to meet and greet radio and TV managers and owners. He has worked and lived in every major city in that area. An economic downturn in the mid-90s found him without work and consequently he went back to school to complete a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish at the University of Utah. He left Utah in 1998 to complete his Ph.D in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from which he graduated in 2005. Recently, he spent four years teaching Spanish at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. Juan has been teaching at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota since spring 2009.