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Seattle City (spot)Light: Matthew Beston, Cable Splicer Crew Chief

The Basics

How long have you been at City Light? I started as a cable splicer apprentice in February 2015. I’ve been in the electrical construction industry since 2007.

Division: Network

Tell us about your role: As a cable splicer, we have the responsibility of constructing and maintaining one of the oldest and most reliable underground electrical systems in the world. As a Crew Chief, I oversee the day-to-day work of a three-to-four-person crew. The most rewarding part of the job is mentoring and teaching the craft to up-and-coming journeyworkers and apprentices. I’m also a craft instructor, which involves creating and vetting curriculum, work practices, and acquiring training space and training aids to improve the apprenticeship program. It is very motivating to work with the rest of the apprenticeship group to achieve a common goal.


Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Discipline/Trade of study: A five-year International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Inside Wireman Program LU 611

Tell us about your family/pets: I have three beautiful and amazing daughters, Amelia, 12; Alessia, 10; and Aurelia, 8.

Just for Fun

What do you like most about your role? I truly enjoy teaching the craft. I love what I do, and it is something I have always been very passionate about. There is something truly rewarding about seeing someone become an excellent craftsperson. A person you don’t know shows up on day one, knowing almost nothing, and then in the future, before you can blink, you see that person again, and they are doing everything right. Before you know it, they are showing you tricks and things you never knew before. It is a feeling of immense pride. Through the years you watch these people grow into their own, and you realize you were there when they got in the trade, got married, had kids, etc. It really makes you realize how much you care for the people you work with. It’s not just about helping someone learn a lifelong skill so that they can feed their families. It’s about making lifelong relationships with incredible people.

What is your favorite movie genre and/or all-time favorite movie? “Step Brothers”

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done recently? Went tuna fishing with some folks. I pretty much only caught sea sickness.

What’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t had the chance to yet? New York City. It has the largest underground network in the world.

What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy day? Apparently, it’s on a yellow truck. 🙂