Scholarships available for VC’s newest program
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Program
Domingo Villarreal, Victoria College’s director of industrial programs, showcases equipment that will provide hands-on learning to students in the new Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Program.

Scholarships are available for students entering Victoria College’s Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Program, which is on track to begin this fall.

The program will prepare graduates for entry-level or intermediate positions as an industrial maintenance mechanic, millwright or general mechanic. Students can earn a one-year certificate of completion or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree.

Industrial maintenance mechanics repair, install, adjust and maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. While similar in work duties to an industrial maintenance mechanic, a millwright is tasked with setting up pumps, repairing generators and replacing hydraulic systems.

“Skilled maintenance mechanics are vital to many industries in the Victoria and surrounding areas, as well across our nation,” said Greg Westbrook, Victoria plant manager for DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “The chemical industry is just one of these industries that employ industrial maintenance mechanics, and career opportunities exist in a variety of industries.”

According to emsi Career Coach, industrial maintenance mechanics earn $30,000 to $76,000 annually in the Golden Crescent region. Over 800 industrial maintenance mechanics are employed regionally, and this number is expected to increase nearly 14 percent over the next four years.

“Victoria College has a history of working closely with business and industry partners to help prepare a well-trained workforce,” said Jennifer Yancey, vice president of college advancement and external affairs. “We developed this program to meet the training needs of our partners in the petrochemical and manufacturing industries and to help prepare students for a good-paying career.”

Westbrook agreed that the petrochemical and manufacturing industries will reap the benefits of VC’s newest training program.

“At DuPont, we are excited that Victoria College has developed a curriculum for industrial maintenance mechanics that will provide valuable skill training in many areas such as safety, rigging, hydraulics, pneumatics, troubleshooting and many more valuable skills, using the new, state-of-the-art training facility at the Emerging Technology Complex,” said Westbrook. “We are eager to reap the benefits of this degree plan.”

Classes in the new program will take place in one of six high-bay training labs in the Industrial Training Center at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex. The 40,000-square-foot lab is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, learning tables, and industry-standard pumps for specialized hands-on learning.

Students who enroll in at least 12 credit hours in the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Program this fall can apply for a scholarship that will cover general tuition and fees for two classes. Limited scholarships are available and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for Fall 2015 credit courses is going on now through Aug. 21, with fall classes beginning Aug. 24. New freshmen are required to sign up for a Pirate Orientation session at and will register for classes during orientation.

For more information on the scholarship, registration or Pirate Orientation, call VC’s Advising & Counseling Services Department at (361) 582-2400 or stop by the Advising & Counseling Office located in VC’s Student Services Building.

Published: Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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