(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Working on vehicles is not new to Snyder’s Kaden Vess.
Vess wanted to expand his knowledge by enrolling in Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program. Now nearing the end of his first semester studying for a certificate, Vess has not been disappointed.
“I have learned a lot really quick,” Vess said. “Some of the work is hard at first. But I know once I study what to do, it will be easier for me to complete.”
Instructor Keith Aguirri said Vess is showing promise in his first semester.
“He has come a long way in a few weeks. He is showing a good work ethic,” he said.
One aspect of lab sessions that Vess appreciates is how instructors treat it like a job setting.
“They like to throw a curveball at you. I know if I am not right, I will be thinking about it to make sure it is done correctly,” he said.
Vess’ interest in engines comes naturally. His father was a mechanic, and his stepfather ran derby cars.
“I have worked on vehicles with my family for a long time,” he said. “I took a mechanics class in high school and decided I wanted to learn more options and make it a career.”
He chose the diesel profession because of its flexibility.
“Anywhere you go, there is going to be a diesel,” he said.
Vess was drawn to the TSTC program because of its recognition.
“I knew TSTC had a good diesel program, and I read several good reviews,” he said. “The reviews showed me that it would set me up for a good-paying job. TSTC’s program has good name representation in our area.”
Vess said there is an added bonus that he did not know about before enrolling in the program.
“TSTC is going to help prepare me for my job with interview skills and resume writing,” he said.
When he is not in class or studying, Vess likes to show his father the different things he has learned during his first semester.
“I talk to my dad every day. My dad likes to learn things from me now, and that is great,” he said.
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