TXRX Labs, a non-profit in Houston, typically provides creative workspaces to its members along with workforce training opportunities to the community, but with the rise of COVID-19 cases, they are now exclusively focused on manufacturing the much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
March 31, 2020
Winter has given way to spring, bringing with it temperate weather for all to enjoy. But if you work outside, be mindful; soon the weather will be getting hot and it is important...
March 12, 2020
Although COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) is not currently rapidly spreading through communities in the United States, its impact on Chinese production has been...
February 27, 2020
Last week, high school students from across Texas gathered to compete at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Corpus Christi. Over 8000 regional finalists were in attendance, competing in 200 competitions, vying for scholarships, awards, recognition, and a chance to compete at the national level.
April 12, 2018
Johnny Torres, a Construction Technology student at JB Hensler College and Career Academy, knew from a young age that he wanted to build. Inspired by his father, who made a career out of the skilled trades and was always working on interesting projects around the house, Johnny immediately took to Legos.
April 04, 2018
It turns out that it is safer to be a construction worker on a skyscraper than on a shorter building. According to a report in Commercial Observer, the safety measures utilized on major buildings that are 10 stories or more are much more stringent than the those put on minor buildings (less than 10 stories), and historically this has resulted in more fatal accidents on shorter building projects.
January 26, 2017
If gas prices are higher the next time you fill up the tank, one of the reasons there will be less money in your wallet is a shortage of skilled craft professionals along the Gulf Coast. Reuters reports that refineries in the region have been forced to postpone some scheduled maintenance due to a lack of skilled craftspeople needed to complete the jobs.
January 12, 2017
The lunch whistle has sounded at ABC's 2015 National Craft Championship, signaling to craft professionals that it is time safely secure their workstations and proceed to lunch. This morning, a similar whistle sounded, signaling the beginning of the skills portion of the craft competition. Within moments, the quiet focus and anticipation felt in the Grand Hall was overcome by organized commotion. Saws began to buzz. Hammers went to work. The smell of fresh cut wood accompanied fleeting whiffs of welding fumes.
March 05, 2015
Applause erupted as spectators watched nearly 200 proud craft professionals march by and into the Floridian Ballroom at the Broward Convention center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, kick-starting ABC's 2015 National Craft Championships.
March 04, 2015
Highly-skilled Heavy Equipment Operators, performing their duties on the job, make the equipment they operate an extension of themselves. Instead of over-thinking which levers to pull, what responses could occur and how to mitigate risk while remaining efficient, skilled operators develop an awareness about their machines which allows them to gracefully operate with confidence.
February 18, 2015