Millwright field a perfect choice for BC student
After his career in the automobile racing industry came to an end a few years ago, Brian Loeb found himself in the daunting position of needing a job. However, Brian did have one big advantage when seeking employment: He has a talent for working with his hands.
So, he became a millwright.
“Ever since I was young I’ve been blessed with the ability to do mechanical things,” Brian said. “I’ve just always had an aptitude for it. I’ve worked in different industries and I just didn’t have as much satisfaction outside the mechanical realm.”
As a millwright for McGill Maintenance, Brian has discovered another trade that utilizes his greatest assets.
“I originally worked in the automobile realm,” he added. “As a millwright, it’s not the same thing, but it’s not that different either. You’re working on different things but the principles are the same.”
Brian, 38, is now taking classes at Brazosport College to increase his knowledge of the millwright field. He’s also planning to take machine technology classes in the future. With the training he’s received through his employer and Brazosport College, Brian recently competed in the National Craft Championships and earned a bronze medal in the millwright division.
“Getting in the door and being a millwright is an excellent opportunity,” Brian said. “It’s a job that can be fulfilling in and of itself, but it can also be a stepping stone to a wide variety of things. Once you get in the door, then all those opportunities start to present themselves. It’s nice to have an opportunity for growth.”
For Brian, the millwright program at BC is a fantastic opportunity to advance his skills in a career with a bright future.
“Brazosport College is an excellent opportunity for the young and old,” he said. “We can take classes after work and it’s close to home,” Brian said. “ The classes have hands-on training that prepares you for the workforce. There’s a lot of satisfaction in this type of work. It’s the hands-on workers that makes our world work.”