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IBEW 569 Apprentice Profile: Brawley Grad Luis Martinez Greens His High School

Growing up in Brawley, Luis Martinez never imagined he would one day be working to help his own high school go green by installing a solar energy system. As a first-year apprentice in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569, however he is doing exactly that while learning new skills on his pathway to becoming a Journeyman Wireman in the IBEW.

After graduating from Brawley High School in 2010, Luis worked for a period of time as a welder however he wanted a career that would provide him with benefits like health insurance, a solid retirement plan and allow him to stay local in Imperial County. His dad was familiar with the IBEW and encouraged him to look into a career as a union electrician. Luis’ opportunity came roughly two years ago when he joined IBEW Local 569 as an entry-level Construction Wireman and helped build two utility-scale solar projects in Imperial County. He discovered he really liked the electrical trade and decided to apply for the apprenticeship, a five-year “earn while you learn” program where he will advance his skills on the job site working under the mentorship of a Journeyman Wireman and attend classes at the Imperial Electrical Training Center.

Luis is optimistic his career as an IBEW electrician will enable him to learn new things, expand his opportunities and even afford him the chance to travel and broaden his horizons. He notes, “I’m really happy to be a part of the union. I know it is going to be good for my future.”