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Scaffolding certification start date moved up

September 4, 2018

http://www.tsc.edu/index.php/wtce/workforce-training-and-continuing-education/-industrial-scaffolding-committee-basic-access-program.html

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Scaffolding certification start date moved up

By GARY LONG

Staff Writer

Texas Southmost College has moved the start date forward for the first group of trainees in a two-week workforce development course that leads to certification as industrial scaffolders.

The course will be taught by Robert Corona, the lead scaffold builder based in Pharr for Excel Modular. Corona is certified and credentialed by the Industrial Scaffolding Committee, an industry group that oversees certification programs for scaffolders, said Joseph H. Fleishman, associate vice president of workforce development at TSC.

Excel Modular is one of the main scaffold-building companies in the country. Because Corona is fluent in English and Spanish, the course can be taught in either language or both, Fleishman said.

The course will start Sept. 17 but must have eight students to begin. The cost for the inaugural class in $595. Full scholarships are available through TSC to meet tuition costs and pay for needed personal equipment like steel-toed boots.

Hardware for the class including the four dominant scaffolding systems in use today and tools to assemble them have arrived at TSC and are housed in an instruction area in space formerly occupied by JC Penney’s at the old Amigoland Mall. The mall has been turned into TSC’s Instruction and Technology Education Center on Mexico Boulevard.

“The classroom has been set up, all the equipment is in place, the instructors have been hired and our evaluators are ready to go,” Fleishman said. He added that the equipment has mostly been donated or loaned to TSC for the training by Excel Modular and two other two main scaffolding companies.

Fleishman said there is a high and constant demand for scaffold builders in Texas and along the U.S. Gulf coast. He said the work is difficult and can be dangerous but pays well.

Certified entry level Basic Access Industrial Scaffold Builders earn on average $31,000 annually, or $15 an hour, according to information about the program on the TSC website. Students wishing to enroll in the program must pass a 12-panel drug screen.

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http://www.tsc.edu/index.php/wtce/workforce-training-and-continuing-education/-industrial-scaffolding-committee-basic-access-program.html

Job Ready

Scaffolding certification start date moved up

By GARY LONG

Staff Writer

Texas Southmost College has moved the start date forward for the first group of trainees in a two-week workforce development course that leads to certification as industrial scaffolders.

The course will be taught by Robert Corona, the lead scaffold builder based in Pharr for Excel Modular. Corona is certified and credentialed by the Industrial Scaffolding Committee, an industry group that oversees certification programs for scaffolders, said Joseph H. Fleishman, associate vice president of workforce development at TSC.

Excel Modular is one of the main scaffold-building companies in the country. Because Corona is fluent in English and Spanish, the course can be taught in either language or both, Fleishman said.

The course will start Sept. 17 but must have eight students to begin. The cost for the inaugural class in $595. Full scholarships are available through TSC to meet tuition costs and pay for needed personal equipment like steel-toed boots.

Hardware for the class including the four dominant scaffolding systems in use today and tools to assemble them have arrived at TSC and are housed in an instruction area in space formerly occupied by JC Penney’s at the old Amigoland Mall. The mall has been turned into TSC’s Instruction and Technology Education Center on Mexico Boulevard.

“The classroom has been set up, all the equipment is in place, the instructors have been hired and our evaluators are ready to go,” Fleishman said. He added that the equipment has mostly been donated or loaned to TSC for the training by Excel Modular and two other two main scaffolding companies.

Fleishman said there is a high and constant demand for scaffold builders in Texas and along the U.S. Gulf coast. He said the work is difficult and can be dangerous but pays well.

Certified entry level Basic Access Industrial Scaffold Builders earn on average $31,000 annually, or $15 an hour, according to information about the program on the TSC website. Students wishing to enroll in the program must pass a 12-panel drug screen.

A scaffold is an elevated platform used in construction so that craftsmen can reach their work. Virtually all types of construction require scaffolding, but it is particularly needed in the oil and gas industry and to build Liquefied Natural Gas processing facilities, Fleishman said.

Three proposed LNG plants are seeking regulatory approval at the Port of Brownsville, and the program anticipates industry needs to build the plants. But even if none were ever built there is an unending need for scaffold builders, Fleishman said.

“The whole program is designed to put people to work,” Fleishman said earlier, explaining that there is a constant demand for industrial scaffolding, and therefore builders, to service and maintain oil and gas processing equipment, including LNG.

“We will teach them how to assemble four unique scaffolding systems. … At the end of the two weeks the students will sit for an exam. It’s rigorous and you have to pass. Then you have to demonstrate mastery. … That exam goes to an independent evaluator in Georgia and if they pass the Industrial Scaffolding Committee sends the student the credential,” Fleishman said.

He added that of the thousands of graduates who have completed similar ISC training, 100 percent have been offered jobs.

Fleischman said the closest ISC training site besides TSC is in California. For additional information about the instruction, go to http://www.tsc.edu/index.php/wtce/workforce-training-and-continuing-education/-industrial-scaffolding-committee-basic-access-program.html.

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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