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AT&T Tests, Interviews Over 100 Potential Employees

Friday, July 5, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

TelecommAT&T, a leading global company in telecommunications, will be looking to hire 50 new employees locally when it expands its broadband services throughout the Valley and prepare infrastructure for video down the road, area manager Nat “Tivi” Lopez Jr. said.

And ATT isn’t looking too far for new hires as the company will test 150 students and alumni of the Telecommunications Program at Texas State Technical College on Wednesday.

Lopez said that those who pass the test will be interviewed on the spot. ATT is looking to fill 50 spots now and up to 70 by 2015.

Lopez, an alum of the Telecommunications Program at TSTC, spoke highly of the program, instructors and students at TSTC.

“I’ve been bragging about how well the students at TSTC do in the workforce,” Lopez said. “The students there are held to a high standard and go on to success. And I’m just one case. All TSTC students make great employees and I have yet to see a bad one come out of there.”

The positions ATT is looking to fill are entry-level jobs as technicians that pay between $17-$18 per hour with a top pay of $22.50 per hour, Lopez said. After six months, however, employees can get a cost-of-living pay increase, Lopez said.

Telecommunications instructor Juan Villarreal said working for ATT would be a great opportunity for students looking to build a career with an established company.

“It opens doors for other jobs within the company,” Villarreal said. “ATT is a great company that’s been tried and tested over the years.”

The testing will focus on critical thinking skills and how a potential employee might handle a situation, Lopez said.

And just because an individual doesn’t get hired by ATT this time, Lopez said their test results would be taken into consideration for future hires. As area manager, Lopez oversees parts of Corpus Christi and San Antonio as well as the Valley. But Lopez said these hires are strictly for the Harlingen and McAllen areas.

For more information on the program at TSTC, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingentelecomm.

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