Campaign to Train Vets in Coatings Industry


A 2017 agreement between the Chemical Coaters Association International and the Workshops for Warriors is now coming to fruition.

The culminated program, Finishing for Warriors, is slated to launch this year and will certify veterans in a handful of different coatings-related fields.

“Workshops for Warriors always talks about the idea that people love veterans, but loving a veteran doesn’t make them a good welder, fabricator, or machinist,” said Hernán Luis y Prado, Workshops for Warriors founder and CEO.

“The certifications and nationally recognized credentials earned at Workshops for Warriors are critical to future success for the veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members enrolled at our school, and we look forward to adding additional courses of instruction in 2019 for those interested in pursuing a career in industrial finishing. CCAI is the best at what they do, and we are honored to have them on our side as we bring advanced manufacturing back to America, one veteran at a time.”

The program will be held at the Workshops for Warriors facility in San Diego, and the duration ranges from four to 16 weeks and includes both classroom and hands-on learning. An official start date has not been set.

The credentials include Liquid Coating Certificate, Powder Coating Certificate, Master Liquid Coating Certificate, Master Powder Coating Certificate and Master Finishing Certificate.

“I constantly hear from members about the difficulty in securing skilled employees,” said Anne Goyer, executive director for CCAI.

“Our goal is for our Finishing for Warriors initiative to help members find the skilled workers they need and allow veterans to build a career.”


Tagged categories: Associations; Certifications and standards; Coatings education; Education; Good Technical Practice; North America; Worker training

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