The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recently awarded a $230,000 Jobs and Education for Texans Program grant to San Jacinto College for industrial maintenance and millwright training.

Development of the new Industrial Maintenance/Millwright program is in response to requests from industry partners in the petrochemical industry and the contractors who build or maintain their facilities. The program will be offered through the College's partnership with the Construction Maintenance and Education Foundation (CMEF). 

The Jobs and Education for Texans grant will fund equipment for the program. Training equipment includes trainers for hydraulics, pneumatics, and motor controls; also vibration analysis and thermal imaging equipment, laser shaft alignment equipment, and items to train how to maintain various types of pumps. Students who complete the Industrial Maintenance/Millwright Certification program will hold National Council for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials upon successful completion and have the skills and abilities to install and maintain rotating equipment and high-level electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. 

Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers and millwrights is projected to grow 17 percent by 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites. 

"The initial course offerings will be for those who are new to the industry, but the College will soon be able to offer upgrade or refresher training to those already working in industry," said Dr. J.D. Taliaferro, director of applied technologies and trades at San Jacinto College. "This grant allows us to move forward with obtaining the equipment to begin training people who are very much needed for work in industrial maintenance and as millwrights." 

Applied Technologies and trades courses are offered through the Continuing and Professional Development division at San Jacinto College. To register for courses, or for more information, visit

About the Continuing and Professional Development division

This noncredit division of the College provides training for both current and future employees in the professional and technical job sectors, as well as provides participants with open enrollment course options to enhance their lives. Professional and technical training is available through contract training, open enrollment and grant funding. For more information, call 281-476-1838. 

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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