Rodney Cobb is the Department Chair for Industrial Services, as well as Program Coordinator and instructor for the Mission Critical Operations program at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina. He teaches classes in both the Operation Technology (OT) and the Information Technology (IT) tracks.
How He Got Into Mission Critical Operations
Rodney was working in the Mission Critical field long before he knew what the term was. He started his career in the manufacturing area as a technician on High-speed automated packaging equipment. While working in manufacturing as a technician, he worked on electrical and mechanical systems, robotics, and PLCs. Over his 25-year career, he has worked in the CD industry, automotive-manufacturing industry, IT/Data centers, and in Cyber Security. The manufacturing environment he worked in was a 7×24, 365 day-a-year operation. While he did not know it at the time, it was his introduction to the Mission Critical world.
“Every industry I have worked in was in the Mission Critical field, I just did not realize it until I started working in the IT/Data Center Field,” said Rodney.
7×24 Exchange’s Influence
“My first 7×24 Exchange event was the 2016 Spring Conference. I will say this is by far, one of the best conferences I have ever had the privilege of attending. The 7×24 Exchange Conference is very informative, educational, and provides wonderful insights into current industry trends.”
“Since becoming a member of 7×24 Exchange, I have been working with my local North Carolina Chapter to foster relationships between higher education and the Mission Critical industry. The experiences I have had at the 7×24 exchange conferences as well as the work with the local chapter have been very fulfilling and rewarding.”