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Tiquila Dawson


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I started working at a Kohl’s distribution center and became the first female mechanic.
I didn’t know much about mechanics, so I enrolled in school at Texas State Technical College to learn more.
My original plan was to complete a mechanic certification program.
When Oncor, an electricity distribution and transmission company, visited the school, I inquired what it would take to get hired and learned that I would need a two-year degree.
I ended up switching my program to pursue a two-year associate degree in applied science with an electrical specialization.
At that time, I was working in the HVAC field but I was underpaid, so I gladly took Oncor’s offer to join the company through an internship.
After starting at Oncor as an intern, I was hired on full-time in December of 2021 and am currently working as an environmental material specialist.


High School
Associate's Degree
Industrial Systems - Electrical Specialization
Texas State Technical College


Environmental Material Specialist

I work toward health and environmental safety in the waste management department of an electric delivery company.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Accomplishing Goals


Challenges I Overcame

Socioeconomic Origin
Drugs / Addiction
Formerly Incarcerated