Alumni Profile – Mike Wolfe (’04)
Mike Wolfe chose Bethel with the intent of entering the 3/2 engineering co-op between Bethel and Notre Dame University. He received a B.S. in Math and Physics at Bethel in 2004 and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2006. Now he’s enjoying life in Hawaii working as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy as an assistant nuclear shift test engineer. Jaimee Thirion, director of public relations at Bethel, asked him a few questions about his job and playtime on the beach.
JT: Tell us about your job as an assistant nuclear shift test engineer for the U.S. Navy.
MW: I work at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Honolulu. My job primarily involves running tests, authorizing work and setting work controls during repairs and testing in the shipyard performed on or potentially affecting the reactor plant on Los Angeles Class fast-attack submarines.
JT: What did you learn at Bethel that is now helping you in your career?
MW: I learned a lot of the basic fundamentals of engineering that we use on a day-to-day basis.
JT: Can you share your greatest memory at Bethel?
MW: I have a ton of great memories, and every time I’m hanging out with friends from school, we can talk for hours about all the good times we had. I'll say my best memory was sophomore year — we built a raft out of water bottles we accumulated from the Acorn throughout the year and took it on the pond the night before Midnight Breakfast. Long story involving campus safety, second-floor Manges guys, the RD and Saturday morning community service, but great memories.
JT: Tell us about life in Hawaii.
MW: Hawaii is awesome. I love to surf, hike and just hang out with friends at the beach. It’s surprising when you live here, how many people come to visit. There are also a lot of people I went to Bethel with that live here, so we are able to hang out often.
I also ended up working as the youth director at my church, Westside Missionary Church, for the past four years. I didn't take any classes at Bethel for youth ministry, but wish I would have. It’s awesome to work with the youth group and it’s something I’ve found I’ve loved doing even though I never expected it. Most of the time I have no clue what I'm doing, but God is good and has blessed us with a lot of awesome, willing volunteers and great kids.
JT: What are your future plans?
MW: No definite plans, I am really happy where I am at. I guess there are a few things I would like to do in the future. I would like to take six months and do some traveling. Not sure when I’ll be able to do that. I might try to get an M.B.A., a scuba license and switch from long board to short board.
JT: Anything you want to add or share about your experience at Bethel?
MW: Even 4,000 miles away, I still keep in touch with my roommates and friends from Bethel. Six years after I finished at Bethel, they are still some of the best friends I have.