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Lubbock ISD introduces plumbing, electrical technology trade programs

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD has introduced two new trade programs this year, plumbing and electrical technology. 

Both jobs are in high demand across the city and beyond. 

They are apprenticeship programs, providing classroom technical instruction and on-the-job training, both taught by master instructors.

"What we teach here is residential, commercial and industrial electrical work, so anything from wiring a house, from brand new to finish from the ground up or large buildings," Blake Collins, electrical technology instructor, said.

It is a partnership with Texas Tech, allowing students to get hours through the Department of Labor's apprenticeship program. That is one step toward the Journeyman Certificate in Plumbing or Electrical.

"We start them off in soldering, basic skills for plumber's apprentice where they can do copper soldering, brazing, PVC..." Ricky Martinez, plumbing technology instructor, said.

One student, Austin Garcia, who is in the electrical technology class, said the fact he can use these skills anywhere inspired him to join the program.

"We've learned about residential work, Ohm's law, parallel circuits ... It's a really fun trade, it's really interesting, I enjoy coming to this class everyday," Garcia, a junior at Lubbock High School, said.

Another student, Jayden Nava, in the plumbing technology program, said he enjoys the hands-on experience.

"We get to work with our hands, and it's not all in the classroom," Nava, a senior at Lubbock High School, said. "We get to come out here and actually work on stuff. We're not just sitting down and learning."

There is a shortage of plumbers, Martinez said, and it is important to get students to fill that void.

"Plumbers in Texas, the average age is 58-years-old and we have to fill in that gap, and hopefully, we can get some of these young men out into the workforce," Martinez said.

Once students have an electrician's license, they will never run out of work, Collins said, and right now, he said there is a boom in construction of new homes and building across the city.

"There are contractors all over town that are looking for people with experience with some type of background knowledge," Collins said. "Coming out of this class, they have a guaranteed job with almost any electrical contractor in town because of all the new building going on, and it's not going to stop for the next 20 to 30 years."


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