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New Apprenticeship Instructor Spotlight: Fernando Castro

Thursday, November 05, 2020

One of WECA’s newest Electrical Apprenticeship instructors, Fernando Castro, loves being an electrician because “everyday can be something new. I never know what kind of troubleshooting I might run into—sometimes I get to visit some really cool buildings or manufacturing plants, and then I get to troubleshoot or repair sophisticated machines or high-powered motors. I love the never-ending opportunities that this field has to offer.”

But Castro mainly loves that he gets the privilege and the opportunity to give back to the electrical industry—something he does in spades with WECA.

“One of the many ways I help students out is by simply sharing my electrical skills and knowledge in a way that students are able to understand and grasp. I also share with students good and bad experiences [that I’ve had in the field] that I feel will allow the students to become aware of the possible expectations to come in the field,” said Castro. “I believe that each student is an individual and as an educator I value and try to develop each student’s interests, skills, and abilities to extend their learning.”

Prior to joining the WECA team, Castro—a native of Mexico and San Bernardino, CA--worked for various electrical contractors on projects ranging from commercial warehouses to privately-owned hospitals.

However, Castro was looking for new opportunities earlier this year due to COVID-19, and he says “it was almost like a perfectly timed moment because during my job search, I was blessed to have stumbled upon this amazing opportunity to teach at WECA as an instructor, and I can truly say this was the opportunity I had been hoping and praying for. I am blessed to finally be able to give back to the industry that has given so much to me.”

As an instructor, Castro says that his personal philosophy is “I highly value effort, education, experience, and skill. I truly believe that in hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”

And when not at work, Castro enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and children, fishing, hunting, riding his dirt bike, finding new places to explore, hanging out with his friends, and meeting new people.

Thank you, Fernando, for being part of the WECA Family! We’re excited to have you here, and look forward to many years working with you!