Lineworkers, A Multifaceted Career Path


Photograph Credit history: Joseph Foulk and Shulie Tornel

Ivan Castaneda was operating as a barber in Norwalk when he was confronted with a option: acquire out pupil loans and go back again to faculty or proceed to minimize hair.

Having a leap of faith, he chose a profession change and used for Edison International’s Lineworker Scholarship.

A threat that soon paid out off.

Castaneda was picked out as one particular of 12 scholarship recipients in the 2023 cohort, which means he no lengthier desired a loan.

“They named me when I was doing the job at the shop and I just got goosebumps,” Castaneda stated. “I’m grateful and blessed that I received the prospect of a life span to get started a new vocation.”

Ivan Castaneda with his mother, Maria Isabel Smith, at the Lineworker Scholarship Reception in July 2023.
Ivan Castaneda with his mother, Maria Isabel Smith, at the Lineworker Scholarship Reception in July 2023.

The scholarship is funded by Edison Intercontinental shareholders and IBEW Regional 47, awarding up to $25,000 for each receiver for tuition, instruments and guidance expert services needed to complete essential teaching at Los Angeles Trade-Complex College. When they have finished their training, scholars are qualified to qualify for an entry-stage experienced trade posture at Southern California Edison.

“Edison International is proud to help the Lineworker Scholarship given that its inception in 2021,” mentioned Alex Esparza, SCE principal supervisor of Corporate Philanthropy and Group Engagement. “We are dedicated to empowering and diversifying the subsequent era of qualified trade personnel by offering arms-on teaching and support so that our workforce much better reflects the communities we provide.”

Given that acquiring the scholarship, Castaneda has concluded the needed courses, attained a Course A driver’s license and his climbing certificate. He has also secured a placement with SCE as an telecommunications helper, commencing in June.

In his role, he will be a part of a crew to enable put in, manage and repair telecom programs by planning reels and hardware, digging holes to set power poles and operating equipment and equipment.

Castaneda suggests this scholarship has “opened doors” for him and encourages all those fascinated not to give up.

“Be teachable, accountable and a crew player. You do not have to be the ideal climber in the course, you just need to have the heart to display up each individual working day,” he mentioned

Moreland started at SCE as a groundman and gained invaluable knowledge and experience for his current role as a electrical systems inspector.
Moreland begun at SCE as a groundman and obtained priceless awareness and experience for his present purpose as a electrical techniques inspector.

Zuriel Moreland is an electrical techniques inspector with SCE, he also thanks the Edison Intercontinental scholarship for his profession in linework.

“I get to go property with a perception of satisfaction. I love what I do,” claimed Moreland a 2021 scholarship recipient. “I’m producing absolutely sure absolutely everyone is secure and preventing opportunity hazards from happening. It feels very good to be a portion of that.”

Moreland commenced at SCE as a groundman and utilised that knowledge to propel himself into his current inspector purpose in which he checks energy poles to assure the protection and dependability of the electrical procedure. And, as a certified drone pilot, he also captures aerial illustrations or photos of that equipment.

“My guidance for any person seeking to go for the scholarship is to just do it. There is likely to be some tough perform and prolonged times but you are implementing to get on with a excellent enterprise,” he mentioned. “There are so a lot of positions, so lots of possibilities and help from a very well-operate firm. It is been excellent for me and my loved ones.”

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