Over the past 25+ years of our existence our team has grown and expanded into so much more than just a welding inspection service. When I set up this company I was a lone certified welding inspector with two employees who were certified welders. I love reminiscing about those days when we had to take each day at a time, trying to establish ourselves as a trusted company.
Things have drastically changed and we now have a team of 18 welders with various levels of education and specialty. To give you an idea, here are just some of the job titles in our team:
- Certified welder
- Certified welding inspector
- Welding engineer
- Certified underwater welder
- Underwater welding engineer
- Certified welding instructor
Education and Training
All of our staff members have gone through extensive welding and college education to get to where they are today. As part of our employment package we encourage all our staff to not only focus on regular re-certification, but also on signing up for additional courses including college, which we fully pay for.
This has resulted in probably the most highly educated and trained marine welding and engineering company in the entire gulf coast area. And this is something we greatly pride ourselves in, as it makes us stand out from the rest of the competition. It also happens to be one of the primary reasons why our customers are so loyal to us.
In order to expand our services in the marine welding area we have spent a lot of time and effort hiring and training people with full underwater welding qualifications. These courses are extremely complex and demanding, but we have now managed to build up our team with 3 fully certified underwater welders.
The careers of our employees are very important to us from a management point of view and while some people may think that providing all this training and education could result in us losing employees to other companies, we are happy to say that we have an extremely low staff turnover rate. In the last 5 years we have seen only 2 employees leave, with one of them just coming back to us after spending 4 years in the military.
For more information on the types of welding training courses we are signed up for you can get more detailed information at www.careerwelder.com which covers extensive details on specific welding certification programs.
Health and Safety
In addition to all the welding related training we also have monthly courses on health and safety that go beyond the OSHA requirements. The nature of our industry comes with some pretty high risks and the safety of our employees and customers is our absolute priority at all times.
Using highly explosive materials underwater, or on pipelines containing flammable materials can quickly lead to disasters and devastation to human life. With the exception of a few minor injuries we are happy to say that we have not had any major incident involving serious injury or death.
We firmly believe that this is due to our rigorous and continuous health and safety training which is mandatory for all our employees. We also highlight any major accidents in our industry to showcase to our staff what can happen and what the exact risks are.
All our customers are more than welcome to review the certifications of all our staff prior to contracting us for work. We always encourage this with our customers, as this does give a certain level of peace of mind that the work will be done to the highest standard and in a safe way that reduces risks as much as possible.