The 18-year-old East Elmhurst resident has always been interested in working with electricity. The interest sparked when, as an eight-year-old, he broke his remote-controlled car.
“I asked my dad if he could fix it. He said he couldn’t, and I cried about it,” Tsering said. “My dad took me to a mechanic store. I saw the worker break apart the car and work with the circuits. What he was doing seemed really interesting.”
When Tsering asked the mechanic how he learned about circuits, the man said he took courses in engineering.
“That’s how I figured it out,” Tsering said. “I said, ‘Dad, I want to be an engineer.’”
When he got to the 8th grade, Tsering’s friend told him about a new high school geared specifically for engineering and tech students. Energy Tech High School in Astoria also works with LaGuardia Community College to provide students with an associate’s degree in the six-year program.
Tsering is in his fourth year at Energy Tech, but he began taking college courses in the 10th grade. He learned autoCAD, enrolled in engineering classes, and took all the mandatory classes for a high school degree. He already has 20 college credits, and may even graduate with his associate’s degree early.
“After that, my next plan is to transfer to a four-year college,” he said. Tsering is interested in applying to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Manhattan College or even Columbia University.
Over the summer, Tsering interned with Con Edison’s gas conversion group in the Bronx. He learned a different aspect of engineering, and now wants to look into expanding his studies.
“I’m thinking about maybe doing a double major in both electrical and chemical engineering,” he said.
Looking into the future, he may work at Con Edison, National Grid or even open up his own store.
“That would be pretty cool,” Tsering said.