Passing of longtime professor Brian Mulick
11/7/65 - 5/21/20
“HEY! How we doing?” This is how Brian Mulick greeted his coworkers and students whenever he entered the Mt. SAC Welding lab. Sadly, no one had any idea when we were forced to close in March that they would not get the chance to hear that greeting again.
It is with sadness that we report the death of long-time adjunct Welding professor Brian Mulick on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the age of 54. For the last 22 years, Brian has taught in the Welding Department, not just providing quality instruction, but building quality relationships with his students. Brian was known to invite homeless students into his home for Thanksgiving dinners, offering them a sense of family they were missing. These students have gone on to lead successful high-paying careers in Welding. This is one instance that speaks to the caliber of Brian. Several of Brian’s former students reacted to the news of his passing by sharing their stories of their experiences with Brian. They remember Brian’s patience, his humor, his encouragement, and his advice. Brian interjected his own work experience with his teaching, helping to make the classroom and lab experience all the more valuable for his students. Based on his students’ stories, Brian was more than a teacher. He was a mentor, a coach, a cheerleader, and a friend.
Brian is also an alumnus of the Mt. SAC Welding program. He was certified as a Structural Steel welder here at our original lab back in 1994. He worked as a welder, traveling throughout the state of California building high voltage power substations for electrical utility companies. Brian was an avid deep-sea fisherman. He was also a regular attendee at the NHRA drag races held twice a year at the Pomona Fairplex. He was a collector of a wide range of reptiles and insects. Brian’s daughter, Kayla, came through the program and got certified as a Structural Steel Welder as well in 2013.
Brian is survived by his daughter, Kayla, and his son, Cole, and his wife, Paige.