(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Frederico Luna knew he wanted to become a lineman after seeing the disaster brought on by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. This semester, he graduated from Texas State Technical College with a certificate of completion in Electrical Lineworker Technology.
What was your experience like at TSTC?
My experience at TSTC was amazing. The instructors work with you one-on-one, and as a student you begin to understand that once you begin this career path, there are no shortcuts to becoming a lineman. You have to be 100 percent focused and dedicated all the time. While in school, I learned through hands-on experience and by observing our instructor show us how to do something. All of us would observe one another through the courses and learn from our mistakes as a team.
Do you have any favorite TSTC memories?
My favorite memory I have is when I was finally capable of going sideways on the lineworker pole. It seemed scary at first, but you trust in your gear to hold you, and it makes you feel safer. It felt amazing, and I enjoyed that memory.
How has TSTC prepared you for your career?
TSTC has prepared me for the journey once I start working. I was taught the basics about how to set up crossarms, double crossarms. I now know my knots and my transformer connections, and so much more. Our instructor taught us so many methods to do these processes because not every company does things the same way.
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
My son, Jonah. A month after I graduated high school, my son was born, and I became a teen dad. Juggling school, work and the new responsibility of being a parent was not easy. But I knew that I wanted what was best for my family, and that pushed me to focus on my education.