Following In the Footsteps of Dad & Granddad
In the 1960s, Victor Marquez began working at NASSCO in the Blast and Paint division as a sandblaster. Little did he realize his family would soon follow in his footsteps, marking more than 50 years of family history at NASSCO.
Fast forward a few decades, three of Victor’s grandchildren now work at NASSCO: Monica Saludes-Saenz, a contracts administrator in the Repair department who has been at NASSCO for 15 years; Nathy Saludes, a forklift operator with three years; and Juan Saludes, Jr., a safety representative with one year under his belt.
Their father, Juan Saludes, also works at NASSCO. He began as a painter nearly 36 years ago. Today, he is an area manager with NASSCO.
The Saludes Family enjoys having each to lean on in the yard. With each of them working in different areas of the yard, it gives them a better sense of shipyard operations.
Says, Juan Saludes, Jr.: “I’ve always looked up and admired what my dad has done for our family and for his service of more than 35 years at NASSCO. To be able to lace up my boots day in, and day out, like he has throughout the years is an experience not all sons get to share with their father.”
The Saludes family has advice for those wishing to pursue careers at NASSCO: “Be dedicated, be open-minded. Learn your trade. And go for your dreams – nothing is impossible.”