(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Amarillo’s Adrian Trejo wants to work on more than just automobiles.
The Texas State Technical College Diesel Equipment Technology student always liked to work on cars and knew he could turn it into a career. He is now pursuing a certificate in the TSTC program to expand his knowledge.
“I knew I wanted to be a mechanic since I was a kid. My mom was my inspiration because she would always work on cars,” he said.
After obtaining his mechanic certification, Trejo went to work. He said he knew his education would continue.
“I knew that was not going to be enough for me. I knew I wanted to do more,” he said. “I wanted to work on the big highway trucks and construction equipment.”
When he began looking for a school, his father offered a suggestion. Trejo’s father worked in Sweetwater and knew about the TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology program.
“My dad told me that a lot of employers like to hire TSTC graduates,” Trejo said. “I found out that TSTC graduates are very hirable, and people look for them. TSTC graduates are more appealing to employers.”
Having alumni in the field is something instructor Shannon Weir takes pride in each day. Some graduates of the program are employed by established companies like Caterpillar, Freightliner, and Peterbilt.
“Our students will be able to get work when they graduate,” he said.
Another aspect that Trejo said drew him to TSTC was the Career Services department, which helps students prepare for job interviews.
“That is awesome to know people are here to help. This includes building a resume, something I do not think about a lot,” he said.
Once Trejo enrolled, he quickly learned that the instructors were preparing him for work.
“Having veteran instructors is one of the best things about this program,” he said. “Anytime you can learn from people who spent a great amount of time in the field, it is going to be a great learning experience. They have been able to teach us the ins and outs and what we are doing right and wrong.”
Trejo said everything is taught with a straightforward approach.
“We know that we have to keep up with our assignments,” he said. “If you want to learn a technical trade, TSTC is the right place to be. You will get a great education and will be prepared for the career you choose.”
In addition to Sweetwater, the Diesel Equipment Technology program is offered at the Fort Bend County, Marshall, North Texas, and Waco campuses.
To learn more about the programs offered at TSTC, visit tstc.edu.