Hispanic Leaders: Energy Jobs You Should Aspire To

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Hispanic Leaders: Energy Jobs You Should Aspire To

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POSTED ON Feb 21, 2018

Rebeca Sandoval is a power system planner at Southern California Edison,  one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. 

As a power system planner, Sandoval maintains a 10-year Sub-transmission substation plan for power distribution systems; sponsors capital projects for overhead and underground construction, and manages a five-member team.

Sandoval left El Salvador for the United States when she was eighteen. She later became the first college graduate in her family and credits her mother, grandmother, and coffee-grower grandfather as the key inspirations behind her educational success.

Sandoval earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University-Los Angeles. While attending college, she interned for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and after graduation in 2003 joined Southern California Edison.

An active member of SWE, IEEE, and SHPE, she advises students to join engineering organizations and to read the print and online versions of Transmission and Distribution World magazine.

In her spare time, she prepares for and runs half and full marathons and walks her dog, Charlie. Her dream job besides her current one would be a veterinarian.

Sandoval was featured in Hispanic Engineer magazine’s “Leaders in Energy: Men and Women in Jobs to Aspire to” published in HE magazine, fall 2015.

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