Texas Border Affairs
HARLINGEN, Texas – Jose Luis Quintero of Raymondville recalls that some of the houses his family lived in when he was growing up were not properly built.
This memory factored into her decision to attend Texas State Technical College.
“I’m in the fourth semester of the Building Construction Technology program at TSTC’s Harlingen campus,” he said. “Graduation is next week. I intend to take the stage to accept an Associate of Applied Science degree. My long-term goal is to build my father’s dream house.
A networking opportunity presented itself earlier this month at the TSTC job fair, where Quintero demonstrated his professionalism to potential employers.
“I made contacts with industry representatives and Marek piqued my interest,” he said. “They were looking to fill vacancies for an entry level general labor job at their Harlingen location. So I applied. I was contacted a week later for a job interview, and it went very well. Two weeks later, I accepted their job offer.
Joe Figoroa, Superintendent of Marek, said the premise of his business is to hire young people who are ready to learn.
“Marek is a great family business to start a career in,” he said. “The company is known for hiring young people looking for career growth opportunities such as foreman, estimator, project manager and other jobs. The company is based in Houston and has five locations in Texas, including Atlanta (Georgia) and Nashville (Tennessee).
Quintero is delighted because he will be able to improve his skills.
“Marek is known for his dedication to specialty commercial and residential construction,” he said. “I’m ready to take the knowledge I learned in the building construction technology program and apply it to the workforce.”
He added that his experience of the program was worth it.
“I really like to learn something new every day,” he said. “If I have a question, they will challenge me. As for hands-on training, using tools such as a nailer, circular saw, palm nailer and other items gave me satisfaction. I had never used any tools before enrolling in this program. It showed me how efficient the build process is.
Hector Rosa, a TSTC Building Technology instructor, said Quintero worked hard to understand the course material.
“Jose is one of our best students and he will be successful in his career,” he said. “He is familiar with estimating, scoping and the basics of what needs to be done. He has the ability to notice errors in a project. This skill helps in maximizing the profits of a business.
Frontline supervisors of construction trades and mining workers can earn an average annual salary of $62,390, according to onetonline.org, which projects these positions will grow 23% in the state through 2030. .
TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology, a Certificate of Completion in Building Construction – Craftsman, and a Level 1 Building Inspection Professional Skills Achievement Award at its campuses in Harlingen and from Waco.
Registration for the TSTC Spring Semester is underway. For more information, visit tstc.edu.