HOUSTON, TX, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To help address skilled labor shortages, StrataTech Education Group’s Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC) is adding electrical applications and electromechanical technologies (electricity and HVAC/R-combined) to its offerings at its campus in Houston, Texas.
Starting this month, TWSTC will diversify its program offerings to meet the growing demand for electricians and HVAC/R technicians. The new program offerings will offer electrical and HVAC/R training and include a new virtual reality training component that enhances and reinforces skills taught in the classroom and in the lab.
The additions to the program come at a critical time as careers in the skilled trades continue to rise, with electrical and HVAC/R jobs in Texas expected to grow 14% and 16%, respectively, by 2028, according to CareerOneStop.
“The new programs are one of the many ways our school is meeting the needs of local employers and students looking for skills training to jump-start their careers in the skilled trades industry,” said Kimberly Knox, President of the Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center campus. . “As the demand for electricians and HVAC/R technicians continues to grow across Texas, TWSTC will continue to be a partner in technical education by offering technology-focused programs and providing students with career support services to help identify employment opportunities after graduation. “
Students interested in the TWSTC Electrical Applications program will receive hands-on training guided by experienced instructors to help prepare them for job opportunities as entry-level electricians. The in-depth seven-month program teaches students the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical principles, residential and commercial wiring and more, preparing them for careers as residential, commercial, industrial or maintenance electricians. The average annual salary for electricians in Houston is $56,090*.
The Electro-Mechanical Technologies program trains students in the fundamentals of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies in nine months. In addition to HVAC/R, this program teaches the basics of electricity, residential and commercial wiring, and comfort systems, and introduces students to solar energy technology. The practical training prepares students for entry-level positions in refrigeration service and maintenance. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a trained HVAC/R technician is $53,450 in Houston*.
StrataTech is committed to improving its welding, HVAC/R, and electrical programs through innovation and technology by using virtual reality training to keep pace with technical skills and training. Last year, StrataTech launched OcuWeld (ocuweld.com); a virtual reality training environment for welding that utilizes the Oculus Quest 2. StrataTech is also integrating virtual environment experience into the HVAC/R and electrical curriculum in its continued goal to be the leader in technical education.
The first cohort for new electrical and HVAC/R related programs at TWSTC will begin on June 6th. For more information on new programs, please visit www.tws.edu.
About StrataTech Education Group
StrataTech Education Group is focused on the education, growth and development of specialized vocational schools, particularly skilled trades programs designed to meet the country’s growing infrastructure needs. Holding an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, StrataTech Education Group’s portfolio includes The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) (Phoenix, AZ)Tulsa School of Welding (TWS) (Tulsa, okay)Tulsa Jacksonville Welding School (FL) , and Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (Houston, TX). For more information, visit stratatech.com.
About Tulsa Welding School
Tulsa Welding School (TWS) was founded in 1949 in Tulsa, Okla. and has trained thousands of people to become entry-level professionals in the skilled trades for over 70 years. Students learn hands-on technical skills and competencies through labs, virtual reality, and classroom settings, with a curriculum designed to meet employers’ needs. TWS offers programs related to welding, HVAC/refrigeration and electrical. Upon completion of the program, TWS graduates are equipped to begin entry-level careers in a variety of industries. TWSTC is an ACCSC accredited and TWC approved school. For more information, visit www.tws.edu. or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
*Houston Average Annual Salary for Electricians (472111) and Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) reported by BLS for May 2021 http://data.bls.gov/oes. Average starting salaries for Electrical Applications and Electromechanical Technologies programs have not yet been reported for Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center.