My name is Tim Sharp, I am the lead mentor for FRC Team 3959, Morgan County Mech Tech, located in Somerville, AL. I have been the lead mentor since the team was formed in the fall of 2011.
Next season (2021) will be my tenth as lead of 3959. After much prayer and discussion with my family I have decided that it will be my last. Mech Tech is going to need a new lead.
Normally I wouldn’t make the announcement public this far ahead of time, but my administration has graciously given me permission to publicize the opening on Delphi a year early in the hopes that my replacement could be found and brought on board to teach in the county and work with the team for a season before taking over. One of my biggest fears is that we will have to make the dreaded announcement that 3959 is closing up shop. Those are the most depressing posts of all time. I hope I can reach out to the Chief Delphi community to attract an energetic person who is eager to move Mech Tech forward and have them in place for a seamless transition.
Applicants will need to be willing to become certified to teach in Alabama. Administration is willing to work with us to find a teaching spot for the right applicant. There isn’t an officially posted “Robotics Sponsor” position at this time. The job would begin in the fall of 2020 with the applicant taking over the team after the 2021 season…
FRC activities will take place after school on the campus of Morgan County Tech Park in Somerville, AL.
We feel that Mech Tech has a lot to offer potential candidates.
There is a stipend associated with after school activities involving FRC.
We have a solid mentor base and great community support. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with. Any new lead would be very well supported.
We have a longstanding relationship with NASA as a Marshall Space Flight Center House Team. This partnership provides a solid foundation of financial, mentor, fabrication, and material support.
We have strong financial support from our central office. The district administration provides the team with a yearly travel budget for a road regional in addition to other travel funds.
We have near perfect cooperation from our administrative, maintenance, and financial offices. Everyone I interact with during robot season bends over backwards to make things easy for us and help us to be successful. The employees and staff are truly proud of their Morgan County FRC team and are always eager to help in numerous ways. I am the envy of several local teams for my ability to pull purchase orders in minutes or get help from maintenance on short notice.
We live in a mentor rich environment. Redstone Arsenal and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center are in the county adjacent to us. Our feeder school communities serve as bedroom communities for many of the high tech industries in the area. Skilled help is readily available.
We have a dedicated full machine shop with a large classroom, and software lab.
**If you are interested in discussing the job or if you know someone who might be interested, please contact me here by PM for more information.
FIRST Team 3959
Pre-Engineering/Computer Science Instructor
Morgan County Tech Park
59 Eva Rd
Somerville, AL 35640