is part of the team that ensures the Eagle Mountain Pumping Plant, a vital part of Metropolitan's Colorado River Aqueduct system, is always running well. It’s an essential job that
enjoys -- and working at Metropolitan also enables him to pursue his passion as an artist.
“Working here has allowed me to do my art,” the O&M Tech III said. “I’ve got the best of both worlds.”
Five years ago,
was studying art at CSU Long Beach. When his father encouraged him to apply for Metropolitan’s apprenticeship program, he saw it as his chance to learn a new trade. “I knew I couldn’t support myself as a full-time artist,”
When he's not working,
sketches illustrations for his comic book or creates tattoo designs for friends. The desert work schedule allows him to spend more time on his art.
For years, he has kept his art separate from work, but one day he hopes his visual storytelling can be of help at work. He remembers when he first became an apprentice how challenging it was to learn how each piece of equipment works.
started drawing some of the pieces of equipment in hopes of turning them into an infographic that could be included in training activities.
As he sees it, one of his jobs as a journeyman is to make sure those who come after him succeed. Plus, as
sees it, he’s an artist no matter where he works.