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From CTE to 100 feet in the air: Welding grad soars a year after graduation


Ian Mayo parlayed work-based learning into job paying more than $40 an hour


You could say 2016 graduate Ian Mayo is reaching new heights thanks to his time at Capital Region BOCES.Mayo

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) welding graduate parlayed work-based learning and welding education into a $40-plus-an-hour job welding atop power plants, bridges and other construction sites.

"I took for granted everything I learned at CTE, but now I know how valuable it was," said Mayo as he proudly showed pictures of himself hanging off the side of a bridge and atop a tower. Mayo returned to CTE recently to thank faculty and administrators and to share his experiences with current students.

"At [Capital Region BOCES CTE], you have everything you need to build your welding career. CTE is pretty much what you make it," Mayo said.

CTE's Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jim Haas placed Mayo at County Waste, where he gained valuable work experience repairing trucks and dumpsters and even making dumpsters. He took that opportunity and worked himself into a full-time position with the company upon graduating from high school and CTE.

From there, Mayo was contacted by Local 7 UA Plumbers and Steamfitters and asked to demonstrate his welding skills for a possible job.

"I showed them what I could do. They loved my welding and they brought me in as a first-year apprentice. A job opened up on Middletown and they were impressed again with my welding, so they sent me there as full-time journeyman with a full rate of $40.50 an hour plus time-and-a-half and double-time," said Mayo, who noted that he is often working six, 10-hour or 12-hour shifts and earning overtime pay for workdays exceeding eight hours. From atop a tower

"It's everything I dreamed it would be," he said.

"I love working the heights," Mayo said. "Most of the time I am 100 feet in the air welding half-inch piece of pipes ... but I can also be crunched over a pipe in a small area welding. You never know what you are going to be doing and that's the excitement of the job."

Haas said that Mayo's determination and strong-headedness, as well as the skills he learned at CTE, were key to his success.

"It's amazing that he could skip over the five-year apprenticeship and go right to journeyman. What a success story!," Haas said.

In the top photo, Mayo works on a bridge. To the right, he shows the height of one of his projects. Below left, he speaks while visiting CTE. On the bottom right, he welds as a student at CTE during the 2015-16 school year.

Speaking at CTE   Ian Mayo as a student





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