Welders specialize in joining materials such as steel and aluminum as well as varieties of plastic and polymer. Welders are present on industrial and commercial projects everywhere from skyscrapers to submarines. A structural welder creates and helps erect frames for large load-bearing structures like steel frame buildings and bridges. A pipe welder specializes in joining pieces of metal pipe together. Pipes often carry hazardous materials, so pipe welders must first be competent in structural welding before moving on to pipe welding.Clic para leer en espanol
Welders are also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welders, Gas Tungsten Arc Welders, Gas Metal Arc Welders, Submerged Arc Welders, Electroslag Welders, and Flux-core Arc Welders
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A new program with an impressive success rate is underway at Alvin Community College, where veterans are receiving training to get good-paying jobs in the petrochemical industry as pipefitters and welders. The program involves fast track training in pipefitting and welding in which students train for 5 weeks for a total of 160 classroom hours. The grant pays for tuition and fees.
While working as a pipefitter, he observed the welders and dreamed about becoming a welder himself. Valdovinos, who has an 8-year-old son and a baby daughter, thought that he would never have the chance to get the necessary training to become a welder because of the time commitment of driving to a training facility after working a full day before finally driving home to his family. When he found out that S & B was offering welding training after hours on the same site where he was working, he did all he could do to be accepted to the program.
The first of four Lift & Move USA career events in 2017 was held February 14 in Tampa, Florida, hosted by ALL Crane Rental of Florida, LLC, part of the ALL Family of Companies. The event saw approximately 450 young people from local schools and colleges who converged on ALL Crane’s Tampa facility to learn first-hand about careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry and to see heavy equipment at close quarters. I attended one of the Lift & Move events last year in Houston and shared some video interviews I recorded then.
Next week the 2017 National Craft Championships, hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors of America (ABC), will take place at the beautiful Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to their trip to Florida, I was able to meet up with three of the craft trainees and apprentices from the Houston area who will be competing in the event. Each of these competitors is sponsored by the Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF), the educational affiliate of ABC Greater Houston. Each of them receives CMEF Training either at a CMEF sponsored college campus or at the CMEF training facility in La Porte, Texas.
Excitement filled the air on a cool, crisp, picture perfect day when 322 students with 38 teacher/administrator chaperones from Houston-Metropolitan Area high school campuses attended the 2016 Construction Careers Exposition on Thursday, October 27, at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds. These select students represented Aldine, Alvin, Barbers Hill, Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, Goose Creek Consolidated, Humble, Pasadena, Pearland, and Sheldon Independent School Districts. 185 volunteers representing 33 contractors, colleges, and suppliers joined with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston/Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) to sponsor and facilitate the Exposition – including the donation of resources, services, and time – to make this event happen.
I asked Jordan to talk a little more about the FastTrack components, which are considered “stackable,” meaning that some students may choose to use their FastTrack certificate(s) as prior learning assessment toward an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree, which is a two-year degree plan designed for students who want to pursue training specifically geared for entering the workforce as quickly as possible. Jordan said: “When students complete our FastTrack programs, they have the opportunity to obtain employment and continue their education as well. … So not only do they have a certificate from FastTrack, but they can work and also attain additional education credits.”
Earlier this month, I visited Lone Star College North Harris (LSC-North Harris) and spoke with Michael Burns, Dean of Career and Applied Technology Division, and Brian Sanders, Director of Applied Technology about the Construction and Skilled Trades Technology Center which is currently being constructed on that campus. Michael Burns told me that he is the Dean of Construction overseeing Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, HVAC, Welding Technology, Inspection, Electrical Technology, Architectural Design, Mechanical Design, and Pipefitting. He has worked for Lone Star College for nearly seven years.
Criminal justice advocates and fiscal conservatives are pointing to a program in Louisiana aimed at skills training for prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as a model for how states should go about designing their re-entry programs. The prison offers certain inmates a chance to earn certifications in things like welding, masonry, automotive, and HVAC repair. More than 250 certifications have been awarded since 2010.