Raised in a family of 12 siblings in Ormoc, Leyte, Reggie puts college education at the top of his list. His desire to finish schooling led him to accept a job in a meat shop owned by a relative in Cebu. He had his hands full by working in the evening until the wee hours and attending school in the morning.
After he graduated in Electromechanics Technology in 2005, Reggie spent 7 years at Lear Automotive Services Corporation as CAD (Computer-Aided Design) designer.
“Working with Lear has provided me the best training as CAD designer. I am very grateful to the company, but I could not miss an opportunity to find a greener pasture. I wanted to work abroad,” he said of his long-term goal.
An online job hunting landed his résumé at FMC Technologies Singapore, a global provider of equipment and services for the energy industry, who was then scouting for highly trained CAD designers. Add his industrial competence in designing software to his lengthy years of experience, Reggie simply fits the bill.
After several years, Reggie is now leading the CAD design team for offshore equipment used in oil and gas production. He also got a chance to travel to different production facilities of FMC such as one in Kongsberg, Norway.
His fondest memory of CITE is its practice of 5S in housekeeping.
“I could not forget Mr. Ardiente’s meticulous QC style of inspecting the room after our class. It was an attitude that I always apply here until today,” he said.
To Reggie, planning comes with order. He is listing off marriage plans and a stable business venture for his family. He also wants to give back by sponsoring CITE scholars. Currently, Reggie is a non-perpetual grantor.
“It is great to be in the position to help. It’s the only way to show my appreciation to the school,” he said.
Next item on his list? “I want to set up my own foundation in the future,” he mused. Given his kind heart and optimism towards life, he might just strike this off the list earlier than he expected.