Growing up in rural south-west Missouri, Terry Killman was always around farms and farming equipment. After high school, he joined the US Navy, where he attended several technical schools, such as basic engine/hydraulics schools and advanced diesel engine inspection/electro-hydraulic control schools. After being stationed in several areas around the United States and overseas, working on a vast array of equipment, Killman spent his last four years in Naval Training Center Great Lakes as an instructor training new sailor’s just starting their naval careers and learning that he enjoyed teaching.
After Killman retired from the Navy in 2004, he went to work in the beverage industry as a repair technician, and later worked at Cesena Aircraft in Independence, Kansas, on the Citation Mustang jet. In 2010, Killman went back to school and graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Vocational – Technical Education in 2013 and a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education in 2015. After graduation Killman worked for the State of Missouri until I being hired at OSUIT in May 2017.