CB&I gives $100,000 gift to CPCC

last modified Jul 08, 2013 09:22 AM

Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB and I) has announced the company will contribute $100,000 to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to support the college’s welding and non-destructive examination (NDE) facilities at its Harper Campus. The announcement was made during a special presentation held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as part of the Charlotte Chamber’s 2013 Inter City Visit.

“We are extremely grateful for CB and I’s gift,” said Jay Potter, dean of CPCC’s Harper Campus. “The monies will fund student scholarships, instructors and equipment within our welding and NDE programs and labs, helping us better meet the skilled crafts training needs of American’s workforce and the energy industry.”

CB and I, formerly known as the Shaw Power Group, relocated its operations to Charlotte in 2007 and shortly thereafter began partnering with CPCC to create job-training programs that would serve as talent pipelines for its business practices.

“The roots of our company are in the fabrication of bridges and storage tanks. Welding and the use of non-destructive examination are vital components to ensuring the successful fabrication of the products we provide to our clients,” said Jeff Merrifield, co-chair of CPCC’s Center for Energy Training and CB and I senior vice president of Global Business Development. “That’s why our partnership with Central Piedmont Community College is so important. It is helping us train the next generation of welders and quality inspectors who will help us maintain our commitment to quality, safety and workmanship in all we do.”

As a global energy services company, maintaining these high standards is important to business functions. The company provides engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction services, including a variety of proprietary technology solutions, plate and piping structures as well as comprehensive and integrated maintenance services, to major energy infrastructure facilities around the globe. CPCC’s welding and NDE curriculum addresses these multiple industry needs, teaching students not only the importance of performing flawless welds, but also the significance of examining parts for flaws to ensure an application’s reliability.

To learn more about CPCC’s welding program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/welding/welding. For details on the college’s non-destructive examination program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/ndet.