Hi My name is Clayton Hardesty. I’m a graduate of Tulsa Welding School. I graduated in March of 2011 at the Tulsa Oklahoma Campus. As soon as I graduated, I was able to come right in to the Pipefitters Union Local 562 St. Louis Mo. I’ve been working in coal burning power plants and nuclear power plants making hot welds on big steam Pipes. I’ve also been on a few chiller and boiler change out jobs and I’ve gotten to travel a bunch since I started with them! This year will be my last year of a five year apprenticeship that I’ve been serving with them. I have to say that I love what I do for a living. If it wasn’t for TWS and the instructors that I learned from while I was there i would have never passed the weld tests to get into the Union and on to jobs where I have to pass a gate tests to be able to weld on the construction jobs that I go on. While I was at TWS, I was in the afternoon class. I would come in extra early each day and stay late so that I would get a grasp on what I was learning at the time. There where some days that were harder than others for me with the welding and there were some days that it just came natural. Those long hard days that I spent in the booth paid off in the end I’m very happy where I’m at today. TWS taught me that Hard work and dedication does pay off! I still have a long ways to go and I’m still learning everyday. I had a instructor tell me at TWS that the day you quit learning is the day that you quit doing anything and I have to say that stands to be true. Thank you for all that you have taught me TWS and thank you to all the instructor that taught me along the way!!!
Cape Girardeau Missouri
TWS Graduate March 2011