SPARX Welding & Technology Institute
 
280 A Equity Blvd.
 
Houma, Louisiana  70360
 Tel.  (985) 655-7779
Fax.  (985) 655-7781
Email:  info@sparxwelding.net


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Educational Institution Member
Published january 24, 2010
"Training Facility"
2TheAdvocate.com
Business Briefs
by the Advocate Business Staff
"Sparx Welding and Technology Institute LLC has opened a welder training facility at 280A Equity Blvd. in Houma. 

The American Welding Society-accredited facility is operated by founders Philip Callahan, Derrick Prentice and Philip Strother, an AWS-Certified Instructor and Certified Welding Inspector.

The school will focus on the fabrication and shipbuilding industries. It is estimated that more than half of those industries’ work force is nearing retirement, creating a potential shortage of more than 200,000 skilled welders.


The facility will accommodate up to 36 students for daily sessions, with evening classes available for advanced technique training. At the conclusion of the seven-week basic course, the students will be able to test for AWS certification. In addition to welder training and qualifying, the company offers destructive and nondestructive testing, and Level II and III inspections.

The phone number is (985) 655-7779."

Published January 10, 2010
"Ready, Set, Weld"
The Courier, Houma Louisiana
Bayou Business Review
by Katherine Schmidt
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Press Release January 4, 2010

"Houma Company Opens Welder Training Facility to Bolster Workforce"

Houma, LA – January 4, 2010 – With a continuing decrease of and current shortage in the welding workforce in South Louisiana and across the nation, Houma-based SPARX WELDING & TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, LLC has opened its first American Welding Society (AWS) accredited welder training facility at 280A Equity Boulevard in Houma, LA. Company founders, Derrick Prentice of Houma, LA, CEO and Philip Strother, Operations Manager and an AWS Certified Instructor and Certified Welding Inspector, formed the school to fill a need in the fabrication and shipbuilding industries.

Mr. Prentice says “The Company will participate in the much needed welding training field to meet the needs to fill the major welder shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for skilled labor grows. It is estimated that more than half of the industry’s highly trained workforce is nearing retirement, creating a potential shortage of more than 200,000 skilled welders by 2010.”

The facility will accommodate up to 36 students for daily sessions, with evening classes available for advanced welding technique training. Students will be trained on the newest, state of the art Lincoln Electric welding machines. A low student-teacher ratio will provide students with comprehensive training by qualified instructors. At the conclusion of the seven-week basic course, the students will be able to test for AWS certification.

The school will be centrally located for students in Terrebonne, St. Mary, Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes.


For information:
Contact: philip@sparxwelding.net or derrick@sparxwelding.net
Phone: (985) 655-7779

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