HCC Apprenticeship Program
The HCC Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between HCC and 11 U.S. Department of Labor approved Apprenticeship programs in Houston including:
- Independent Electrical Contractors
- Asbestos Workers
- Operating Engineers
- Sheet Metal
- Stationary Engineers
The HCC Apprenticeship Program provides a 3-5 year job training system for skilled trade and craft workers. The program is managed by the Director of Apprenticeship, an office manager and a records specialist.
Employers, employer associations, and joint-labor management organizations known collectively as apprenticeship sponsors provide apprentices with on-the-job instruction that reflects industry needs. HCC provides the classroom-related instruction. Instruction is provided for carpenters, electricians, millwrights, pipe-fitters, welders, masons, stationary engineers, and glaziers.
In addition, HCC is one of 100 designated U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC). Successful completers of these approved DOL Registered Apprenticeship programs can receive up to 36 college credit towards their Associates degree in Applied Science and Construction Management as a HCC student. HCC continues to work with local employers to expand apprenticeship training opportunities in other high growth and high demand fields.
Apprenticeship Success Stories
The Houston Community College (HCC) Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between HCC and 11 U.S. Department of Labor approved Apprenticeship programs in Houston. The program provides a 3-5 year job training system for skilled trade and craft workers.
Employers, employer associations, and joint-labor management organizations known collectively as apprenticeship sponsors provide apprentices with on-the-job instruction that reflects industry needs, while HCC provides the classroom-related instruction. HCC apprentices can study in eight different disciplines including: carpenters, electricians, millwrights, pipe-fitters, welders, masons, stationary engineers, and glaziers.
In 2013, HCC launched a 35-million renovation project of the San Jacinto building on its Central campus with HCC apprentices contributing to the massive renovation and restoration project.
Ten HCC plumber and pipefitter apprentices helped upgrade the building’s pool, basketball gymnasium, laid pipes and redesigned Memorial Green.
HCC apprenticeship program prides itself on the rapid development and professionalism of its students. Thus far, HCC apprentices can boast a zero OSHA injuries and a 24% increase in productivity and 43% decrease in job turnover.
“The quality of the work on this project will provide lower maintenance and operating cost for Houston Community College and is referred to as Life Cycle Engineering Cost. This project provides a win- win opportunity for Houston Community College and their students,” said Apprenticeship Director, Doug Posey.
When the San Jacinto project is complete, it will become an academic center for Central College. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
John Soileau's Story
John Soileau knows his way around a plumbing system. He’s spent the last 5-years learning to install and repair commercial and residential plumbing systems, as well as designing new systems, laying or fitting pipes and repairing and maintaining appliances in Houston Community College’s (HCC) apprenticeship program.
“I’ve learned so much over the five year period. From math basic, AutoCAD, shop classes to welding and learning how to pipe a dollhouse,” said Soileau.
Unlike many college students, Soileau got paid to go to school. The 3-5 year apprenticeship program mixes paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction allowing the student to earn as they learn.
“This program gave me the opportunity to make a living and eliminate any doubts I had about how I was going to pay my tuition. It was a win/win situation for me.”
As Soileau nears the end of the apprenticeship program, he is looking forward to starting his career as a Master Plumber and with a five-year work history; he says he is confident about his training and his future.
HCC apprentice students help build new hospital
Eleven Houston Community College (HCC) and Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) apprentice students broke ground on the Jeanie Sealy Hospital construction project in Galveston, Texas in September 2012. In collaboration with numerous contracted workers, HCC students are proving on a daily basis that their apprentice training is valuable to the project.
“The project is an example of the quality of electricians being trained at their apprentice school. The old time skills of electrical workers simply are no longer sufficient to meet the demands of modern day technology in accomplishing the work,” said Eddie Rodriquez, Director of IEC Apprentice School.
The total project was design by computer aided drafting or AutoCAD with prefabrication of all conduits including the smaller ¾” size conduit at their fabrication shop and shipped to the job site for installation. The complexity of this project has construction veterans in awe of the students’ knowledge and success.
“I was totally impressed with the complexity and quality of the conduit installation in such a complex and compact facility as a modern hospital requires,” said Doug Posey, HCC Director of Apprenticeship Programs.
Apprentice workers training has been recognized in providing increased productivity by 24%, worker turnover down by 43%, job site absenteeism down by 59%, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordable injuries down by 67%, and first aid cases down by 90%.
“IEC continues to modernize their training methods and the technology needed to satisfy the contractor’s needs to stay productive and competitive in today’s market place,” said Rodriquez.
The Jeanie Sealy Hospital project contract is valued at $27.4 million. The project is scheduled to conclude August 2015.