Domingos Tavares, 2014 MTTI Building & Property Trades Technician Graduate Success Story

Domingos Tavares, 2014 MTTI Building & Property Trades Technician Graduate

Domingos Tavares2014 Graduate, Building & Property Trades Technician

Domingos Tavares
2014 Building & Property Trades Technician
Property Maintenance Technician for Diversified Properties, Inc.

“For many years, my dream was to go to college or trade school, but I never had the chance to do it.  The moment I had the opportunity—I seized it.  If I had known about the school earlier in my life, I would have done this a long time ago.”

A man of many talents—and also multi-lingual--Domingos came to MTTI with a varied background and life experience. He had lived in different parts of the country while in the United States Army; managed a Pizzeria in Greer, South Carolina; subleased and driven a cab in Boston, MA.

“While staying with friends in Belmar, NJ, I helped out for several months by working as a carpenter; I renovated a house. Although my friend said to me, “Domingos, you can do anything”, I decided I needed more education. I began looking online for trade or carpentry schools and MTTI came up.”

Domingos toured MTTI and met with the Building & Property Trades Technician Instructor.

“When I saw the work the class was doing, I recognized that this is what I wanted to do. “

“Although I entered the program to be a carpenter, I also learned electrical—and the program helped me with math. My instructor, Pat, was very knowledgeable and dedicated, even providing extra help after class. When I went to MTTI, I was almost 50—a mature man. I wish I had known Pat many moons ago—my life would have been different.”

“During the program, I learned about everything—plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, blue print reading and estimating cost and time lines."

"The more you know, the more marketable you are.”

“Pat told me to work for a master carpenter for two years; then go out on my own.  I interviewed with Diversified Properties for a Property Management position, but didn’t go to work for them right away. I took time to make sure it was the right position for me.

“People sometimes think ‘Property Maintenance’ means janitorial work—but maintenance requires a lot of skill and the ability to solve problems."

"For example, while I am working on this sink, I am thinking about where to tighten or adjust the alignment of components—and make sure I seal things properly.”  

“In this sink, there is a problem with the water flowing equally well out of both the hot and cold water tap. Because a washer is so old, it has become compressed from use and is stuck on the seat of the shut off valve. The water pressure is not pushing it out, so the water doesn’t flow. I will need to shut off the water main, take it apart, and replace the old washer with a new one.”

“Property Maintenance is fast paced."

"When someone moves out of an apartment, we have only a few days to refinish or put in new floors and new countertops, replace broken bathroom tiles , install new tiles in the bathroom or kitchen, repair broken bathroom fans or re-plumb sinks and toilets—and paint the whole apartment. “

“The apartment becomes my shop. And, at the end of the work day, I have to clean up and organize all my tools and equipment, just as Pat had us do in the shop at school. Tomorrow I will put in the new kitchen countertop, repair the bathroom fan and sink, install the new flooring in the kitchen—and leave the apartment clean and ready for the new tenants to move in.”

 “I like the work I am doing. Every day has new challenges. I work hard. I am making a good living to support my family.”

“For many years, my dream was to go to college or trade school, but I never had the chance to do it.  The moment I had the opportunity—I seized it.  If I had known about the school earlier in my life, I would have done this a long time ago.”

“MTTI is a great start for someone who wants to go into the trades—it rounds out your experience. Especially if your heart is in carpentry or maintenance—or you want to apprentice as a plumber or electrician—it’s a wonderful program.”