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A successful partnership between the Engineering Utilities and Public Works Training Division (EUPWTI) in San Antonio and grocery chain H-E-B has led to an expansion in H-E-B’s maintenance technician training program.

H-E-B initially approached TEEX about conducting written and practical testing for about 100 maintenance technicians in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. After the testing was completed, H-E-B officials asked TEEX to begin offering courses for their maintenance technicians about two years ago.

Initial classes included basic machinery operations and repair skills, such as HVAC I and Electrician I, along with intermediate welding, said David Beasley of EUPWTI. More recently, H-E-B contracted for classes in Welding I, II and III. The maintenance technician training is offered at the Technician I and Technician II levels.

This year, the program is expanding, and H-E-B has asked EUPWTI to develop additional courses for 1999. Employees who complete the training receive a certificate of completion, and may be eligible for additional certifications.

EUPWTI is an EPA-approved agency to administer the exam for refrigerant recovery certification, and those who complete the Welding III class are eligible to apply for national welding certification through the American Welding Society (AWS). EUPWTI is one of two official AWS testing facilities in Texas. Certified welding inspector Raymond Madrid conducts the certification test.

“The H-E-B program has gone real well,” Beasley said. “The partnership has benefited both organizations.”

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