“I like the simulator a lot; it’s pretty cool,” George said. “It helped me get to know what welding would be like and how I could learn how to do it.”
Juniors Damian Sweely and Aaron Lovell’s interest were drawn elsewhere on Tuesday though as they explored a career as a union plumber or pipefitter.
Local 25 Plumbers and Pipefitters apprentice instructor Chuck McKnight explained the ins and outs of the five-year program offered through Local 25 to both Lovell and Sweely.
“It’s nice to have these other opportunities available to us,” Lovell said.
“If we’re unsure about what we want to do, this gives us something different to lean toward,” Sweely added.
Whether the students decided to pursue a career in plumbing or pipefitting was one thing to McKnight, but as a guest at the trade fair, he felt the most important thing was to make sure they had all the after-high-school avenues available to them.
“About half the students I’ve talked to have shown actual interest in this career,” he said. “But I think it’s nice that they have access to the different avenues they can pursue. The important thing is to let them know they don’t have to go to college and rack up debt if they don’t want to.”