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Abel A. Covarrubias    

Abel A. Covarrubias

Abel A. Covarrubias is a Salinas local, an Alisal High School and Hartnell Alumni.  After graduating from Hartnell College in 2000, with an associate’s degree in Physics, he went on to San Jose State University to pursue a B.S. in Civil Engineering. During his college years, he worked his summers and winter breaks at Graniterock Company’s Research and Technical Services Department (RTS) which led to full-time employment after his graduation from San Jose State in 2003. Abel is now the Project/Energy Manager at Graniterock’s Engineering Department where he is responsible for providing engineering and project management services to all divisions of the company. The majority of his work is involved in short and long range Mine Planning and developing was to improve energy efficiency throughout the company.  


Abel states the courses provided by Hartnell College definitely prepared him well for the job and for the academic program at San Jose State. “I enjoy learning and I love my job. Graniterock is a great company to work for”. Abel’s plans for the future might involve going back to school for a masters in Geotechnical Engineering and an ongoing effort in improving his knowledge in Mining Engineering and of the Aggregate Industry .