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Department of Industrial Technology

Darnell "Don" Austin

Don Austin

Full Time Lecturer
Office: IT 242
Phone: (559) 278-6494

Darnell Don Austin has extensive backgrounds in both industry and teaching. He started his industrial career as a designer for a company that makes high precision reference oscillators for telecommunication equipment. Later, he worked for a scientific equipment manufacturer where his primary responsibility was for developing a product line of process control instrumentation. The instruments he developed were automated systems that very precisely measured (often � 5ppm) such things as the amount of sulfur in gasoline, copper in chemical baths and silicon on printed label laminates for such customers as Mobil, National Semiconductor and Avery Labels. He traveled around the world installing these instruments and providing training in their operation. He worked his way up from mechanical designer to technical support manager, engineering manager, production manager and product manager.

Mr. Austin s teaching experience before coming to Fresno State includes two years as a middle school teacher, one year as a visiting instructor at a vocational school in the Republic of Singapore and one year as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. His educational background includes coursework at Forsyth Technical Institute (NC), a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and a Master of Science degree from the University of North Texas. Currently, he is working on a doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership at the University of the Pacific. He is currently coordinator for the Teacher Education program in the Industrial Technology department, where he has taught courses in Industrial Materials, Quality Systems, Safety Management, Manufacturing Processes, Technical Writing and other areas.

Spring 2021 Courses

Course Description
IT 30 Exploring Industrial Technology
IT 74 Manufacturing Processes
IT 114 Industrial Materials
IT 194I Cooperative Education in Industrial Technology
IT 196 Senior Seminar
IT 199 Senior Project

Spring 2021 Office Hours

Day Time
 Monday  12.00pm - 01.50pm
 Tuesday  01.00pm - 01.50pm

Please email me for an appointment and zoom link during these hours



Mailing Address:
2255 East Barstow Avenue,
Fresno, CA 93740-8002
Phone : 559.278.2145
Fax : 559.278.5081