(MARSHALL, Texas) — Cody Case, of Tyler, began teaching this semester in the Power Lineworker Technology program at Texas State Technical College at Marshall.
He grew up in Big Sandy and holds a Certificate of Completion in Powerline Technician Technology from Kilgore College.
What made you decide to pursue teaching in TSTC’s Powerline Technician Technology program?
My decision to pursue a career as an instructor, I must say, started when I was teaching different things to lower apprentices while we were working on crews. Being able to see that switch click when they finally understood what I was trying to show them and why made me want to get into teaching.
What is the most important thing you want your students to remember when they graduate from TSTC?
For me, the most important thing to remember for these guys is that everything is an educational opportunity. This line of work is dangerous, but if these guys can take the time to learn the correct and safe way of doing things, they can have a long and fulfilling career in this industry.
Why is the Electrical Lineworker Technology program ideal for students?
This program is an incredible opportunity for students to enter a line of work that will always be there and continues to grow. This line of work is challenging, but if they are willing to put in the time and learn, they can have a very comfortable lifestyle.
What do you want people to know about TSTC’s Power Lineworker Technology Program that they may not know?
This program is one of the best, if not the best, programs in the state. The amount of knowledge and hands-on experience is unmatched in any other program I’ve come across. This program not only teaches you how to climb and work on the pole, but how the equipment we use every day works and why. Most of the guys who enter this program have no experience, and by the time they graduate they are ready to work and be hired by any company.
What motivates you on a daily basis?
My motivation in life comes from God and family. In Ecclesiastes 9:10, God says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your strength. “I take that to heart in everything I do and try to do my best no matter what. My wife and baby girl are the reason I get up every day to go to work and do my best to be successful in whatever my hands find to do.
TSTC’s Marshall Campus offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Powerline Technician Technology and a Powerline Technician Certificate of Completion.
TSTC’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program is part of the Money Back Guarantee. Students in their first semester can register for free with campus Career Services representatives. Students can attend workshops to learn about resume writing, interview techniques, and other job skills. Students who are not hired in their field within six months of graduation may be eligible for tuition reimbursement for their time at TSTC.
For more information, visit tstc.edu.