After Fred Camero graduated from LHES in 1984, he continued his education at the University of Redlands, earning a degree in electrical engineering. This academic journey not only lit up his intellect but also electrified his career in both the military and the civilian sector.
From Officer to Lieutenant
During college, Fred enlisted in the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC). This rigorous training program required nearly two years of schooling focused on nuclear power, equipping him with specialized skills for the next stage in his career.
As part of the NUPOC program, Fred spent his final three years in the military in Alameda, California, working at a nuclear power plant. During this time, he also took part in Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. He joined the Navy as an officer and, after five years, left as a Lieutenant in 1993.
“It was hard work but very rewarding and fulfilling,” said Fred. “I was honored and proud to serve our country and to help others.”
From Naval Waves to Gas Flames
After leaving the Navy, Fred shifted his career focus to the gas industry. He took on the role of plant engineer for a synthetic natural gas plant operated by a local gas company on Oahu. This position, which Fred held for 13 years, expanded his experience and knowledge in the industry.
But his professional journey didn’t end there. In 2006, Fred joined Hawaii Drilling and Pump Service on Hawaii Island as a project manager. Over the years, he rose through the ranks and now serves as the president of the company.
“When I hired on as a project manager, I was not looking to be president. I was just here to work hard and do my job,” said Fred. “When you work hard, know your role and don’t give up, I can only imagine things being positive in your professional career.”
“Where are they now?” features alumni from Lanai High and Elementary School to see what they’ve been up to since graduation.