Texas Southmost College and BrandSafway have joined forces again to develop the college’s Industrial Insulation program. It is the first of its kind in the country.
“This is a training program that no other college has,” said Joseph Fleishman, TSC associate vice president of Instruction – Workforce Development.
BrandSafway provides specialized services and scaffolding systems to the global industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. In collaboration with TSC, they are also designing the course curriculum to ensure that it meets industry standards.
BrandSafway Senior Manager of Craft Development Robert Bell said this program will help industry meet both current demands and future needs. This is an area where there is a growing deficit of skilled workers.
“A program like this is critical in bridging a gap and giving students an opportunity they won’t get anywhere else,” said Bell. “This program is dedicated to growing our workforce locally, regionally and across the state with skilled workers, and that is a big deal for us at BrandSafway.”
Training the Future
Students in TSC’s two-week Industrial Insulation program will train with industry professionals. Areas of concentration include insulation material identification, cutting, installation and removal. They will also be using industry-standard equipment and tools.
“We have a great facility set up for our students complete with state-of-the-art equipment they will use when they enter the field,” said TSC Insulation Instructor. “This will expose th Juan Salazarem early on to everything they must know to build a foundation of skills they need to be in demand.”
Students completing the program can find entry-level work in places such as power generation and petrochemical plants. They will also have the training for industrial construction.
The second cohort for the program begins Nov. 30.