TEEX partners with Mrs. Baird's Bakery to train maintenance technicians

12/17/1999 12:00 AM

Instructors at the Career Advancement and Applied Technology Training Division worked around the baking of bread, rolls and pastries to train employees as maintenance technicians at Mrs. Baird’s Bakery in San Antonio. The partnership between CAAT and Mrs. Baird’s had TEEX instructors conducting on-site classes around the employees’ different work shifts at the plant.

Dave Beasley, assistant training specialist at CAAT, said to make training more convenient for Mrs. Baird’s employees, the classes were scheduled so students were able to come in for training just before their shift began or stay after their shift was completed. Beasley said there are three different work shifts at the bakery and training sessions were organized in four-hour blocks.

“On Wednesdays we trained seven people from 6 to 10 in the morning and then another seven employees from 11:30 until 3:30 in the afternoon. The last training shift had four employees and lasted from 6 to 10 in the evening on Thursdays,” Beasley said.

“The employees wanted the training to be conducted around their schedules and we try to provide whatever they want. They were more than satisfied with TEEX, and appreciated the hands-on emphasis of the training.”

The maintenance technician training began in July and was completed in early December. Training included several kinds of welding, refrigeration and air conditioning, pipefitting and joining, boilers and refrigerator certification.

John Robinson, plant engineer for Mrs. Baird’s Bakery of San Antonio, said employees continue to comment on how much they enjoyed TEEX’s unique teaching methods.

“TEEX instructors get right to the point and teach students by hands-on learning rather than theory,” Robinson said. “I have found it to be very beneficial to have classes here on-site and look forward to a continuing relationship with TEEX.”

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