- News Releases
- Fact Sheets
- In the News
- Newsroom Contacts
From the Classroom to the Job Site
The inaugural class of 40 students graduated from Fluor’s U.S. Gulf Coast Craft Training Center in Pasadena, Texas, on March 10.
The students – eight in electrical, 15 in instrumentation, six in millwright and 11 in the pipefitting disciplines – enrolled at the training center in December. The center provides tuition-free, entry-level training in those four trades, as well as welder upgrade training.
After a 12-week training program that encompassed classroom and hands-on training, the students graduated with industry-recognized credentials in the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum, as well as NCCER Level I and II certifications in their chosen trade.
Fluor opened the center in late 2015 to address the industry-wide demand for skilled craft workers. Fluor project team members know this demand first-hand, currently building petrochemical projects for Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem), Dow and Sasol along the Gulf Coast.
With these projects in full gear, on the training center’s graduation day, 26 of the students were offered work on a Fluor project in Baytown, Texas. Prepared to put their training to use in these high-demand careers, all but one of the students accepted Fluor's offer.
“We are pleased that students can take the training and certifications they receive at the U.S. Gulf Coast Craft Training Center and apply this knowledge immediately on one of our job sites,” said Jim Hanna, vice president of Construction & Fabrication Human Resources, Craft Services and Industrial Relations for Fluor. “As one of the country’s largest construction employers, it is critical that we continue to develop and build the craft workforce of the future.”
Efforts are also underway to place the other trainees as opportunities with Fluor become available.
“This has by far been the best experience. I have learned so much from my instructor, Mr. Duron," said instrumentation trainee Erica Gonzalez. "It takes hard work and dedication to complete this program but the education and benefits you receive are unbelievable.”
The craft training center is currently going through the recruitment and selection process for the next session of classes, which are set to start at the end of the March with approximately 15 students in each trade. For more information on the training, visit Fluor’s website.
The inaugural class of the U.S. Gulf Coast Craft Training Center on March 10. Many students graduated