Companies Take Advantage of MCC Workforce Training

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Not just anybody can weld like this. It takes special training. That's why two local industries, Tower Automotive and Van Zyverden, are sending some of their employees back to school.

"We've done a variety welding processed training, but more specifically, we've been doing mostly TIG welding or Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, which are specialized processes that local industry uses for welding their equipment," said instructor Shane Simmons. "They have to be able to weld the edges back up. So this is an example of TIG welding where the welder actually comes in and welds and builds up this edge. And they build it back up smooth into cutting edge and that allows it to be reused."

This training program was not required by either of the companies. All of the employees who did come, did so voluntarily. One of those employees is Josh Steele. He said he believes this training will benefit his future career.

"There's not a whole lot of people out there that can TIG weld, because it is something you have to go to school for to learn," Steele said. "It's kind of hard to just pick up at a job. I believe it will help me out in the long run."

And gaining a competitive edge over other employees is especially important right now.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for the nation in May was 9.7 percent. For the same month in Mississippi, it was 11.4 percent.

Simmons said he agrees the more training, the better.

"It's very beneficial, because a lot of people can't do that type of welding without specialized training. So, it enables them to be more productive in their job," Simmons said.

The training program was a two-week course.

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