Eric Maier, a 1976 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Construction Technology and Lower Moreland graduate, is currently a substitute teacher for several EASTERN programs, including Protective Services , Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Network Administration, and Welding Technology. As a former firefighter, EMT, and Municipal Fire Marshal, he has a wide-range of talents and skills to offer our programs as a substitute teacher.
Maier grew up with a fascination with buildings and how they were constructed. Through his high school, he heard about the Construction Technology program at EASTERN, then called Carpentry, and saw it as a great opportunity to learn more about the construction field. Maier has been a volunteer firefighter since the age of 16 and is a nationally certified firefighter and fire officer. When he became a Municipal Fire Marshal, he was able to combine his two main interests, construction and firefighting, as one of his main job responsibilities: building and life safety fire inspections. He is still a member of the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company today.
Upon graduating from EASTERN, Maier began his career as a carpenter and worked several years in the trade, then he changed careers as a certified tool and die/manufacturing engineer, which included programming computer numerical control (CNC) equipment. He then decided to further his education in fire science at Montgomery County Community College. He then matriculated to Harris University where he completed his Bachelor Degree in Fire Science. Maier is also a Licensed Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and has a private practice.
“I am happy to come back to EASTERN and share my experiences and knowledge with the students,” said Maier. “I love to teach, and I think this is an amazing school.”
Last year, Maier saw an advertisement for substitute teachers at EASTERN, and looked at it as a great new opportunity. He especially enjoys teaching Protective Services, in which firefighting is a critical element and Construction Technology, where they still do many of the same projects he did when he attended EASTERN.