Faculty Connections

Faculty Connections – Meet Casey Stafford

Casey is a Welding Specialist with Pipefitting Senior Instructor at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston. Casey, aged 32 from Blackwell, OK, graduated from the Welding Technology associate  degree program at Tulsa Welding School (Tulsa campus) in 2011. He has been in Houston for two and half years. Thanks for your time Casey. […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet David Wilkins

David, 64, is a Lead Senior Instructor at Tulsa Welding School. He first started welding in 1975. Thanks for your time. Where did you first learn to weld, David? I first learned to weld in a shop in Tulsa about 42 years ago when I was in my early 20s. I did a little welding […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Shane Murphy

Shane, 28, is a Welding Instructor at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus. Shane started his career as a welder’s helper working in the Texas oil fields; a couple of years later he attended TWS as a student. Thanks for your time, Shane. How long have you been teaching at Tulsa Welding School? Going on four […]

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Faculty Connections – Meet Robert Richardson

Robert, born in a small town in East Texas, is a Welding Instructor at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston. Robert is only 44 years old, but he’s been welding for well over 30 Thanks for your time, Robert. So you started welding real young? Yes, Sir; overall I’ve been welding for about […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Richard Pemberton

Richard is Lead Pipefitting Instructor at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston. Richard, aged 70, has been in the pipefitting field for 35 years. Thanks for your time Richard; how long have you been here? It’s been a little over two years now. What classes do you teach? I usually teach the first […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Robert Padgett

Robert Padgett is the Lead Electrical Instructor at the Jacksonville campus. Robert has been in the electrical construction industry for 47 years and was instrumental in putting together the new Electrical Applications (Electrician Training) program. Thank you for your time Robert; tell us about your role. I’ve been at Tulsa Welding School since November 2011, […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Matthew Wilson

Matt Wilson is a Lead Instructor at the Jacksonville campus, currently teaching Phase 10 to the morning class. He has been teaching at Tulsa Welding School for almost 18 months. How long have you been in the field Matt? I went to a technical college to learn welding when I was 18, straight out of […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Michael Smith

Michael D. Smith is the Lead Pipefitting Instructor at the Tulsa campus. He has been teaching at Tulsa Welding School for about three years; he first started work in the pipefitting field in 1977. How long have you been in the field, Mike? I started in 1977, but I got out for about 15 years, […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Steven Chavez

Steven is a Senior Welding Instructor at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston. Lately, he has been teaching the 125 Capstone night class, the final course of the Welding Specialist program. But as a senior instructor, he’s available to teach any course in the program, so he often moves around. Thanks for speaking […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Ike Dru

Ike is an Instructor at the Tulsa campus. A Native American – half Cheyenne, half Arickara – Ike has been teaching at Tulsa Welding School for two years. After leaving the Army, Ike had a variety of odd jobs including time as an apprentice carpenter. Ike started welding in his mid 20s, about 20 years […]

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