Darron's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Technicians

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Houston, TX

DARRON CRADDIETH

Diesel Mechanic
Ryder

“Pick a goal and do not change it for nothing. Fight for it!”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Armed Services

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Education Goals Dedication Opportunity Experience Talent Money & Financial Security Confidence Perseverance Transitions

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

achievement, advice, automotive industry, benefits, challenges, diesel, education, fighting for something, game plan, having fun, job security, jobs, learning curve, military, pursuing goals, Self Confidence, texas, trade school, trucks

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Started out his career in the military—was ready to make that his life’s pursuit, but was forced to retire.
  • When he left the military, he found himself at a crossroads as far as what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
  • Found out that there was a Universal Technical Institute in Houston, TX and decided to go there in order to have more job opportunities.
  • He felt like he had finally found a place he belonged and could make a future in the diesel industry.
  • Says he discovered that he loved working on diesel trucks because they are bigger and more enjoyable to work on than cars.
  • Admits that he struggled trying to understand some of the more complicated aspects of the diesel engine, but credits his education at UTI with setting him up for success.
  • Says that getting an education has been his greatest achievement and he continues to take classes to learn everything he can.
  • Emphasizes the importance of setting goals for yourself and doing everything you can to achieve them.

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