Jon Saatvedt, M.S

Visiting Lecturer
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus


My background and training as a Chemical Engineer and a Trainer began with a B.S. in Chemistry from Western Washington University followed by a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). During my career I have worked as a chemist, a process engineer, a staff engineer, a project manager, a safety trainer, a shift supervisor, a department manager, a plant manager, and in sales positions as a regional manager and as national manager. I have also had the opportunity to work in new product development creating new or enhanced products for key customers. I have also had the opportunity to travel the world to provide service and sales support to a variety of different customers.

In addition to working for UNM in Gallup, I operate a consulting firm called PRO-OPT Services that works with industrial manufacturing plants on product and process optimization. I also work as the National Account Manager for Starch Performance Services, a company that provides different natural polymers (starches) for industrial applications.

My previous work in education includes work as an Adjunct Professor at Lower Columbia College (LCC) providing instruction in Chemistry, Algebra, and in Vocational Technical courses that included Industrial Safety, Process Manufacturing, Pulp & Paper Manufacturing, and Quality Control. I have also done curriculum and program development for Grays Harbor College where I developed “Lean/Six Sigma Training” for local industry and for Lower Columbia College where I developed and instructed a course called “Work Teams in Industry.”

Conference Topic:

Workforce training (WIOA) in short term credential skills putting individuals back to work


Training adults, especially technical training can be challenging. For hearing or vision impaired individuals those challenges may become overwhelming obstacles. What can we do as instructors or educators to minimize some of the barriers that exist?

In a short series of slides and videos, I will show you some examples of the tools that exist to caption videos or lectures for hearing impaired students. With videos, your vision impaired students get to hear you even if they are unable to see everything. And with captioning, your vision impaired students get a second chance with a screen reader of their choice to add another audio track that may reinforce their learning materials.

Some of the material I cover is based on a lifetime of learning and training in Industrial Workplace Environments. While my focus is on workforce training, the hearing and vision barriers that exist may be limitations for many of our students.