Erick Varela

Erick Varela, Substation Electrician

My name is Erick Varela. I’m a Substation Electrician with PG&E. When I was 17 years old, I signed up for the United States Army.

I started serving, and I now get to serve the customers of PG&E. I get to help other families. And that’s what it’s all about.

When I came back from Iraq, I couldn’t find work. Then I found PG&E’s PowerPathway program. Here at PG&E, I’m successful, living in Eureka with our two beautiful kids and with a brand new career – all because of the PowerPathway program.

If you are a veteran, go to and hopefully your life will change like mine did.