Phone: (916) 786-2970 x7404


Degrees and Certifications:

Education: - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Calfornia, San Diego, 1993 - Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2001 California Teaching Credentials: - Full Time Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Engineering and Design - Full Time Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Teaching Credential, Manufacturing and Product Development - Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Certification: - Introduction to Engineering Design - Principles of Engineering - Civil Engineering & Architecture - Aerospace Engineering - Engineering Design & Development

Mike Waltz

My purpose is to help students become professional and highly-motivated expert learners, problem-solvers, and users and innovators of technology.  To do this, I strive to create a space where students feel safe to try their hardest, sometimes failing, but always learning by doing, being creative, and having fun.

I studied mechanical engineering in college and worked as a control systems engineer for about ten years.  A couple of my favorite projects were a custom climate control system for a hospital operating room and the weapons bay door drive system for the B-2 stealth bomber. 

I started my teaching career at Livermore High School from 2004 to 2017.  I taught drafting, architecture, electronics, robotics, wood shop, and PLTW courses.  Susan Johnston and I created the Green Engineering Academy program which continues to this day.  I also served as coach of the school's robotics team, winning the RoboFest world championship in 2008 and competing in FIRST Robotics.

In 2017 I moved to Sacramento, and took a job at Rio Americano High School, where I taught engineering and wood technology.  At Rio, Matt Cole and I coached the FIRST Robotics Competition team, winning the Central Valley Regional in 2018, and competing at the FRC Houston Worlds in that same year.

Since 2020, I have been a PLTW engineering teacher here at West Park and CTE Department Coordinator

I was born in Dayton, Ohio, grew up in Livermore, and live in Sacramento with my wife and our two cats.  My hobbies include motorsports, bicycling, PC and console gaming, and rooting for the Sacramento Kings, Oakland Athletics, San Jose Sharks, and Las Vegas Raiders.