In our last newsletter, we announced that our Maintenance Department kicked off a registered technician apprentice training program on March 1. Spearheaded by Training Project Manager, Roger Hermeling, the program is off to a successful start! We are eager to share its progress and are proud that we have a program right here at SSC at TAMU that offers a top-notch education for those interested in getting superb training in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and plumbing trade specialties. Next month, we will be recruiting in the area’s high schools. Our goal is to let potential apprentices in Bryan College Station and surrounding communities know that this wonderful opportunity is available to them and they are welcome to apply.
The goal of the program is to develop in-house technical skills to troubleshoot and repair major building systems. Currently, our program has six technicians in three program trade specialties: Ty Martindale and Michael Jackson (HVAC), Adrian Oldham and Robert Martinez (electrical), and Andra Whitaker and Moone McHarness (plumbing). These six technicians were selected to begin a four year 600 hour plus online instruction requiring an examination after each training module and 8,000 hours of on the job training (OJT). Mr. Hermeling works tirelessly with each apprentice and is available for tutoring assistance. He has a passion for helping people succeed and his dedication to the program is very apparent.
Our apprentice program was registered with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Apprentice Office. They function as a consultant to ensure our apprentices receive the highest quality training to prepare them to pass their Texas license examinations. USDOL has assigned a program manager, James Carnes, who has provided Mr. Hermeling with recommended OJT hour breakdown as well as required documents to complete for registering our program with their agency.
The Maintenance Department will be reviewing applicants and level of interest from our current workforce and future employees. If interested in the formal training program, please contact Roger Hermeling: 979-219-5990 or Roger.Hermeling@sscserv.com