As part of the first class of students in Metropolitan's apprenticeship program,
Rodolfo “Rudy” Barrera
really knows his stuff.
His career at Met started in 1991 through the Rebuild LA program. He was hired as a general maintenance assistant and worked in the auto shop for almost a decade, before landing his current position in the WSO Treatment Section.
credits a large portion of his success at the district to Met’s well-loved brothers Joe and Butch Pippins who hired and mentored him.
spends most of his days at the chlorine building at Weymouth. As an O&M Tech, he works primarily on preventive and corrective maintenance - but also makes a point to help train and encourage others in the field.
“I try to tell the guys, go work on the district shutdown. It’s only once or twice a year but working with all those different people, is really something else,” says
When he’s not working on maintenance or the shutdown,
is helping those in other countries build a community. Last October, he was in Mexico helping communities in need as part of a team of 40 volunteers. They built a house, a school and a church, all in two days.
This July he will work with the African Development Mission (ADM) to travel to Zimbabwe and serve people there through home and church visits and repairs.