Professor Gerth holds an A.S. in Engineering Science from Mercer County Community College, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in Applied Science from SUNY Binghamton. During past sabbaticals, Gerth worked for a glass manufacturing subcontractor in Shenzhen, China installing, programming, and troubleshooting robots and programmable logic controllers of a picture tube assembly line. He also researched nanotechnology and worked at the Cornell University Nanofabrication Facility. Professor Gerth began his career in Electronics as an Aviation Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy. He then held positions as an Electronics Field Service Technician in the fields of fire alarm systems, optical measurements, satellite integration and testing, and ultrasonic imaging. As an Electrical Engineer, Al worked in the area of design of satellite power subsystems and power supply switching converters. These real-world experiences, as both a technician and engineer, enhance his teaching.
"My most rewarding moment as an instructor is the satisfaction of helping students be successful and get a job. When a former student contacts me and thanks me for helping them to achieve a fulfilling, rewarding career, that's my proudest professional accomplishment. The Electrical Technology program will lead to a satisfying, well paying, interesting career. It will also allow you to be versatile and mobile in your career options. Don’t be intimidated by technology. CCC has the support systems in place to help you be successful. If you have a good work ethic you can be successful in the program."
Professor Gerth's hobbies include fishing, playing guitar, stock investing, iceboating, and windsurfing.