Luna, who jumped into networking right out of high school in south Florida when he joined BellSouth, says it took him three tries in the Cabling Skills Challenge to take the title. He didn't place in any of the judged categories -- Installer 1, Installer 2, Technician -- during the first year in which he competed.
The difference during Year 3: “It takes some getting used to. It can be nerve-wracking…I calmed down, I was prepared.”
Luna describes the competition as very hands-on – and fun.
“They don’t make it easy,” he says. “They put in little things to trick you that when you’re rushing through you might not catch.” Plus, the written exam makes sure you really know what you’re doing too, he says.
The hardest part for Luna has been finishing a bunch of fiber terminations in the time given.
Though the hardest part this around could simply be staying at the top of his game while having a target on his back as the defending champ.
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