This issue features Alex Leyva, Project Manager, who began his journey with Western Precast over four years ago. With an Associate’s degree in Architecture from El Paso Community College, along with some bachelor’s courses from Texas Tech University under his belt, Alex says Western provided him with his first professional experience in the fields of engineering and architecture. Prior to coming on board, Alex worked as a diesel mechanic for several years and actually juggled three jobs while attending college. Not surprisingly, he’s balanced several roles atWestern beginning with his starting position as a drafter, which grew into an estimator role and today, as project manager. Alex also performs dispatch and helps oversee weekly production, and says he’s enjoyed learning the entire operation.
In fact, our recent “Summer 2020” issue showcased Alex’s NPCA certification, of which he became a Master Precaster and earned his Gold Hard Hat, and says this is only the beginning in his quest for knowledge. He looks to obtaining additional certifications in Quality Control, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Crane Operator, and says, “Knowledge is power. With more under your belt, you become a bigger asset for the company, and for yourself. ”When asked what he enjoys best about working at Western, Alex says, “The support and the opportunity to grow.” His biggest challenge so far? TxDOT’s US 62/180 (Montana Avenue) project, which he describes as being “a challenge at every section,” and one of his favorite projects. Aside from work, he enjoys traveling abroad and has his sights set on some big trips when the time is right. For the time being, we’ll enjoy having Alex right here with us at Western, making a difference and adding value to our company!