BC hosts Sweeny High School pipefitting students

BC hosts Sweeny High School pipefitting students

Thu Mar 5, 2015

Brazosport College pipefitting instructor Horace Buchanan, left, works with a combined group of students from Sweeny High School and the College’s Jumpstart program.


 Brazosport College recently assisted a group of Sweeny High School students in learning more about a potentially profitable career.

The Sweeny High School class, which consisted of pipefitting students, made a field trip to the College’s pipefitting lab and worked with BC instructor Horace Buchanan on some of the skills needed for a pipefitting career.

“While the academy is available to begin the process of training, some of the specialized equipment is not yet available. ” said BC Director of Workforce Development & School Partnerships Beth Cassidy. “Providing the students access to the BC pipefitting lab will offer hands-on training to be able to master the skills needed in this craft. We’re pleased to be able to assist these students in the introduction of these needed skills.”

During the four-hour session, students were engaged in a variety of experiences, including pipe threading, pipe bending, selection of proper materials, fittings and gaskets. Students were also expected to demonstrate proper safety precautions in removal of pipe from pipe-racks and into jack-stands, as well as extracting and replacing faulty pipe sections.

In addition to offering academic classes for students seeking transfer to universities, Brazosport College offers a wide range of workforce certificates and associate degree options, as well as dual-credit courses for high school students looking to get a jumpstart on their collegiate future. To learn more about Brazosport College’s workforce programs, call (979) 230-3000 or visitwww.brazosport.edu.