Cecil Hime - Kiamichi Technology Center
THEN: Didn’t enjoy the academic side of high school. As a 17-year-old high school student, Cecil loved working with his hands and signed up for welding classes at Kiamichi Tech Center in Idabel. He eventually traded five roping steers for his first welding machine. At Kiamichi Tech Center, he learned
- The techniques of oxyacetylene cutting and brazing.
- Blueprint reading, layout with related math, inspection, testing, materials, trade terminology and fabrication.
- Welding safety skills.
NOW: An oil-gas industrial field pipe welder currently working in Ottumwa, Iowa. He also owns a longhorn ranch, and his flexible welding schedule allows him to choose when he works on the ranch. According to his brother, Cecil is “one of the happiest people I know,” some years making more money than both of his brothers, who have multiple college degrees.