Opportunities in Welding
Mr. Hall was born in the DFW metroplex and later settled in the small town of Loving. This is where his interest in welding and fabrication began, at eight years old. Working alongside his father, he learned many of the basic skills and practices used in the welding industry. During his high school years at Graham High School, he refined his skills while participating in many LDEs and CDEs. His main interest was agricultural mechanics. He participated in county and major stock shows where he exhibited personally build trailers, rebuilt farm equipment, and class projects.
After graduating high school, Mr. Hall began his work experience at 1954 Manufacturing Inc., a truck-bodies facility located in Graham, before attending Ranger College. Mr. Hall graduated from Ranger with high honors, membership in the PTK Honors Society, and an associate’s of applied Science in Welding Technology. He took all the skills he learned and put them to use back at 1954 Manufacturing Inc. Soon after, Brad joined the Ranger College faculty, where he now instructs a wide variety of skills that his students will need to thrive in the welding industry of today. He strives for safety first and excellence overall.
Mr. Jones was born and raised in Hamilton, Texas. He grew up working with his father, who owns a welding and construction company. His father had him in the welding shop at six years old, learning how to MIG weld and oxy-fuel cut, and his interest in it has never stopped. Mr. Jones attended Hamilton High School, where he was active in many organizations. His primary focus was with the National FFA Organization. He competed in various CDEs and LDEs, exhibited show pigs and show heifers at major stock shows, as well as holding leadership positions. In his senior year, he ran and became a Texas FFA State Officer, for which he would serve in his first year of college.
Mr. Jones attended Tarleton State University, majoring in agricultural services and development. Upon graduating from TSU in 2010, he accepted his first ag teaching job at Grapevine High School. After a year in Grapevine, he moved to Graham High School to teach welding and fabrication. During his three years at Graham, Mr. Jones obtained the Certified Welding Inspector certification from the American Welding Society. He then went on to accredit the Graham High School Welding lab as an AWS Accredited Testing Facility. It was only the fourth facility to gain accreditation in the state of Texas. He joined Ranger College at Erath County in 2015 so he could further focus on teaching the subject he loves. Mr. Jones takes pride in striving to teach students about the vast welding industry, developing and improving their welding skills, and ultimately helping prepare them for life after college.