Career Stories

Real professionals working in weatherization and renewable energy explain why they chose these careers and why they love what they do.

"I see the positive effects of my work right away."

Dusniel became a home energy professional because he was looking for work that was stable and would let him apply his skills with hands-on work, tools, and equipment. Then, it grew into much more.

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Dusniel Alvarez

Housing and Energy Director

Career Pathway

2006

Retrofit Installer Technician

Dusniel works on installing home energy efficiency upgrades

2009

Crew Leader

Dusniel becomes a supervisor coordinating a team of Retrofit Installer Technicians

2011

Energy Auditor/Quality Control Inspector

Dusniel performs home energy audits and ensures quality standards are met

2015

Weatherization Manager

Dusniel manages agency weatherization program services

2022

Housing & Energy Director

Dusniel now coordinates production between several programs

"This isn’t just a job. This is a career."

Salina worked towards a career as a home energy professional seeking to help the families in her community to improve their homes, safety, and health.

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Salina Colon​

Senior Project Manager

Career Pathway

2010

Program Manager

Salina starts doing office work with a contractor

2014

Assessor

Salina obtains her Building Analyst certification

2017

Program Support Specialist

Salina begins working at her local community action agency

2019

Utility Program Manager

Salina is promoted and obtains 5 nationally recognized certifications

2023

Senior Project Manager

Salina is promoted again and is cross-trained in all weatherization roles

"We make a difference."

When Wayne started out as a crew worker at age 15, he didn’t realize how much weatherization would become a part of his life.

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Wayne Thompson​

Program Director​

Career Pathway

1980

Crew Worker

Wayne starts his career in weatherization at 15 years old

1982

Crew Leader

Within two years, Wayne is managing his own crew

1991

Inspector/Assessor

Wayne successfully continues moving forward as a home energy professional

2002

Program Director

Wayne mentors other agencies throughout the state

"There’s a place for your talents."

Marcy started her career in higher education, and looking for a change, she became a Senior Instructional Designer for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

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Marcy Mulholland-Chandler​

Senior Instructional Designer​

Career Pathway

2004

Instructional Designer

Marcy starts creating instructional and training materials for adult learning

2014

E-Learning and Multimedia Specialist

Marcy creates tutorials and simulations for on-the-job training

2020

Training Coordinator

Marcy puts her training skills to work in the Weatherization Assistance Program

2023

Senior Instructional Designer

Marcy is promoted and continues to impact local home energy professionals

"It’s truly an awesome job in an awesome field."

Jeffrey served in the military for 13 years, then took the next step in his career at a solar energy installer while completing an electrical apprentice program.

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Jeffrey Dick

Operations and Maintenance Electrician

Career Pathway

2002

U.S. Army Infantry

Jeff serves as an Airborne Infantryman, completing two tours each in both Afghanistan and Iraq

2015

Crew Lead

At Strata Solar, Jeff leads three-to-twelve-person crews responsible for the installation of solar PV systems

2016

Commissioning Field Technician

Jeff performs quality assurance electrical testing of newly constructed solar PV systems

2017

Electrician Apprentice (Nexamp)

At Nexamp, Jeff services solar PV systems while going to night school to earn his Journeyman Electrician License

2022

Operations and Maintenance Electrician

Jeff now performs annual maintenance, service calls, and quality inspections of solar PV systems

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