$25,000 donation helps San Jacinto College provide workforce training
08.26.2015 | By Rob Vanya
PVF Roundtable supports pipefitting program with scholarship fund
Donations such as a recent $25,000 scholarship fund from the PVF Roundtable allow San Jacinto College’s pipefitting program to continue to meet industry workforce training needs.
The PVF Roundtable is an organization of industry professionals involved in the pipe, valve and fitting industry. PVF Roundtable member companies prepare for the future by providing funds to educational and training institutes to encourage the growth of the PVF field.
“The PVF Roundtable is looking to positively impact the lives of people by supporting educational partners like San Jacinto College,” commented Harold Armstrong, PVF Roundtable vice president. “We look to such institutions to provide well-trained graduates who become solid, dependable employees.”
Armstrong said the pipefitting, and pipefitting fabrication industry provides well-paying careers that are in high demand, and provide excellent job security. “By providing scholarship funding, the PVF Roundtable enables students to learn a skilled craft trade, and not only improve their lives, but also enrich our community,” he added. “We look at it as a solid return-on-investment, and it’s a win-win for industry, San Jacinto College, and the community.”
San Jacinto College’s pipefitting program prepares graduates to enter the construction industry as entry-level pipefitters or pipefitting fabricators – workers who fabricate, install, and maintain pipes that carry chemical products, steam, acids, and gases. Such pipes are mostly used in manufacturing, commercial, and industrial settings. In general, a pipefitter maintains and repairs existing pipe systems, whereas a pipefitting fabricator can provide maintenance, and can also fabricate a new system.
According to Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) data, the average salary for pipefitters in the Texas Gulf Coast region is $24.21 per hour, or $50,349 per year. According to the TWC labor market site, the demand for pipefitters in the Gulf Coast region is above average.
San Jacinto College’s pipefitting program enables graduates to earn a Pipefitting Fabricator Marketable Skill Achievement Award. The program includes four courses that contain 64 contact hours each, meaning that the achievement award reflects a total of 256 overall contact hours (actual classroom time). The four courses are: Basic Pipefitting Skills; Pipefitting Fabrication and Blueprint Reading; Advanced Pipefitting Standards, Specifications and Installation; and Advanced Pipefitting Fabrication and Installation. A “fast track” schedule enables students to earn the pipefitting achievement award in one Fall or Spring term.
“We researched the current job market projections for the program and found that pipefitters are on the Governor’s State Targeted Occupations top 25 list,” commented Eddie Foster, North Campus industrial technology department chair.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The TWC labor market site indicates that from 2010 to 2020 the need for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in the Gulf Coast area will grow by 2,190 jobs, which is an increase of 21.1 percent. The jobs require a high school diploma and post-secondary training. According to Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions, pipefitters are among the largest and highest paid construction occupations.
Ruth Keenan, executive director of the San Jacinto College Foundation, expressed appreciation for the scholarship donation from the PVF Roundtable. “Support from our industry partners is invaluable to San Jacinto College,” Keenan commented. “We are so thankful for this generous gift from the PVF Roundtable. Working together leads to a better future for our students, their families, and our community.”
For more information about pipefitting courses and degree plans at San Jacinto College, please visit: Pipefitting
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.