POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:46pm
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — One economic issue is making a big impact on our workforce. Texas employers need more workers with one specialized skill which is welding.
In the oil and gas industry in Texas a large number of skilled workers are reaching retirement age.
and with an aging workforce---there's a demand for welders.
"You think about infrastructure type issues which we hear about a lot of time on the news we hear about bridges being an issues just oil and gas pipelines being issues," says Bryan Baker, Department Chair of Industrial Trades at Tyler Junior College.
"We have to have skilled people to do those jobs," says Baker.
The skill and training department at TJC prepares people for a welding job and other trades.
"We have been contacted by a lot of different companies that are looking for not only our graduates but our students as well."
Baker tells us, when students reach a particular skill level there's usually hired immediately.
Jay Northcutt, Ag instructor at Whitehouse High School says, more kids are taught that they need a four year degree and that they don't have to go into the physical labor.
"Working with their hands get dirty and nasty, but we still need that we got to have those people out there that's the reason the demand is there," says Northcutt.
Students and welders at Whitehouse High School tells us, learning trade skills are extremely important.
"I hope to go to college and get more experience in and hopefully go work for it," says Victoria Valverde
"We need people in buildings as much as people working outside," says Ryan Glover, welding student.