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Mike Carpenter, Founder & CEO, MGC Technical Consulting, Inc.

Mike Carpenter
Founder & CEO
MGC Technical Consulting, Inc.

MGC Technical Consulting Inc.

Founder and CEO of MGC Technical Consulting, Inc., Mike Carpenter is on a mission to connect the world so dreams become reality. He believes everyone should be informed, have an opinion, voice, and opportunity. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2005, Mike started MGC in 2008 to consult for school districts deploying WANs. His drive and passion for the telecom industry expanded to serve global telecom providers deploying long-haul, cell, microwave, enterprise, FTTH, and residential networks. Mike leads MGC by utilizing expert coaching; driving mission, vision, and values. These core principles help drive and define his business strategy. 

How can telecommunications technologies help humanity?

The ever-improving speeds of data transfers provided by innovations in telecommunication technologies has allowed video conferencing to flourish in the telemedicine arena. This has promoted greater connection between physicians to better serve their patients in remote and underserved communities. These technologies enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients, while also providing access to information for individuals to take control of their health. As technology continues to advance, it will play an increasingly critical role in making healthcare more accessible for all.

If one thing should be redeveloped within the telecom and related industries, what should it be?

The most critical redevelopment needed within the telecom industry would be to prioritize universal access to high-speed internet connectivity. This would enable greater educational opportunities, improve access to healthcare, allow for a more diverse workforce, and enable third world populations to lift themselves out of poverty, ultimately leading to a more prosperous world for future generations.

Is it important for companies to continue to innovate their organization or offerings, and why?

Innovation isn’t just important; it’s absolutely essential for a business to succeed, as it directly impacts its organizational dynamics and offerings. The telecom industry is constantly evolving due to technological advancements, shifts in consumer behavior, and market trends. Companies that fail to innovate risk becoming obsolete as they cannot keep up with the changing demands. Every day brings new advancements that bring us closer to our goal of changing lives, so dreams become reality. Failing to act will only pave the way for someone else to do so. 

How does PTC fit your company’s goals or career purpose?

PTC aligns seamlessly with our current initiatives at MGC. Our primary concentration revolves around realizing our company’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives. MGC’s current trajectory involves augmenting our engineering capabilities, elevating our networking infrastructure, enriching customer interactions, and realizing cost efficiencies through pioneering technologies. This direction harmonizes perfectly with MGC’s mission statement, which underscores our commitment to worldwide connectivity and ensuring universal broadband access. Furthermore, MGC aspires to play a pivotal role as a strategic catalyst within the global communications industry. Our unwavering focus on proactive planning, strategic networking, and anticipatory foresight propels us towards the opportunities that lie ahead. 

What would you share with those interested in becoming a PTC Member?

Being a part of PTC fills us with pride as we join fellow members of the telecom community to engage in discussions about the most recent and exceptional industry trends. We gain advantages from participating in both individual and group collaborations within an excellent environment alongside industry experts. PTC is a great way to stay connected with friends, associates, and customers. Come join us and become a member of PTC and let’s help each other achieve our goals.  

What advice would you share with current and future graduates interested in this field?

Establish a Solid Technical Foundation in Fiber Optics.
The more extensive your knowledge, the more advantageous your long-term prospects will be. 

Embrace Lifelong Learning
Remain abreast of the latest advancement, trends, and emerging technologies through avenues such as groups like PTC, conferences, online courses, workshops, and seminars. 

Incorporate Hands-On Experience
Pursue internships, co-op programs, or entry-level roles that immerse you in real-world encounters with fiber optic equipment and projects. 

Harness the Power of Networking
The practice can unlock a plethora of prospects for collaborations, mentorship, and future projects. 

Cultivate Effective Problem-Solving Abilities
The intricacies of fiber optic systems often present challenges. Develop adept problem-solving skills to efficiently diagnose and troubleshoot issues as they arise. 

Explore Diverse Opportunities
The fiber optics sector spans a diverse spectrum of opportunities. By nurturing your curiosity, sustaining a hunger for continuous learning, and adapting to the landscape, you can construct a successful and fulfilling career.

What is something that not that many people know about you? 

Many people do not know that I did not go to college for telecom or engineering. I went to college to study business and was not able to maintain a high enough GPA in my undergrad work to be accepted into business school. I was then intrigued by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and received my BA in Geography from the University of Washington. Launched into the engineering world with GIS as my technical background, I had to self-teach myself AutoCAD. This transformed the way I interacted with data and helped me learn how to manipulate different geospatial datasets across various computer programs. 

About MGC Technical Consulting, Inc.
Founded in 2008 to aid school districts in WAN deployment, MGC Technical Consulting, Inc has developed into a leading telecom engineering and permitting firm. With a nationwide team of experts and offices in three states, we serve the western US. Our mission: “To connect the world so dreams become reality.” Our values; Honest, Adaptable, Resilient, and Dependable. We build trust and loyalty through outstanding customer and jurisdictional relationships. By working together, we can succeed and accelerate project deployment. The better the relationship, the faster we connect the world. Let’s build some network. 

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