Armando Villarreal has lived in Nash County his entire life. He grew up the oldest child of a large family. It was during a 9th grade drafting class when he realized his interest in sketching and drawing blueprints. Before this Armando had not considered what direction his life was headed and really had no idea what architecture and engineering were all about. During Armando’s junior year of high school he heard about the Apprenticeship Program offered through his school and decided to apply. Due to his strong interest in this field he was matched with Edwards Inc., a local construction firm. He had such a passion that Edwards kept him as a part-time employee through his college career.
In 2011 Armando enrolled in the Architectural Technology Program at Nash Community College (NCC). His choice to come to NCC was an easy one. He wanted to stay in the community where he grew up and he appreciated the one-on-one teaching style offered at NCC. With the support of his instructors, he made the Dean’s List both semesters his first year.
Mr. Doug Broad was his favorite instructor at NCC because of his great sense of humor and his extensive knowledge in the field of architectural technology. Today, he remains in touch with Mr. Broad, seeking his advice and wisdom on projects. Armando is grateful for the quality of instructors, knowing that they always gave their honest opinions and advice to better their students. He stated that the faculty helped him with his resume and handed it off to potential employers which led to his current position.
Currently, Armando is a technician at PowerServices Inc. in Raleigh. PowerServices provides traditional electrical engineering consulting services to electric utility clients and others who require specialized knowledge of design, construction, operations, and maintenance of utilityclass electric systems. They perform rate and cost of service analysis studies, and an entire array of system studies using the latest technology to enable clients to provide reliable, costefficient power and related services.
In his spare time, Armando enjoys playing tennis and would love to provide tennis instructions in the future. He also enjoys reading, playing the piano, participating in his church, and most of all spending time with his wife and three kids. He wants students to remember that “we all have personal responsibility to either grow or die. A degree, certification, or title is not enough. Self-education should never stop. Learn to read well, take notes and think for yourself. The best reason to do anything is for the benefit of others.”