In-House Training Program Helps Team Fabricators Develop Welding Talent
To deal with a shortage of skilled labor, Team Fabricators of Port Arthur, Texas, launched an in-house training program to recruit and train welding operators to become more skilled in critical pipe welds. A training session starts every 12 weeks with six students. When the program first started, Team received about 10 applicants each time. That has tripled, with each session now drawing 30 to 40 applicants. The company looks for students with some welding experience, though it’s not required! All training booths are equipped with the Miller® PipeWorx 400 welding system, a multiprocess machine that lets students TIG, MIG, flux-cored and stick weld. Students must pass a certification test once each process is covered. The in-house training has been so successful that Team has applied for additional grant funding to expand the program from six to 12 welding booths.