Stafford Grad hired at Hunting Energy Services

Stafford Grad hired at Hunting Energy Services
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The pipeline between Stafford Municipal School District and its community partner just across Staffordshire Road -- Hunting Energy Services (Subsea Technologies) -- continues to grow.

In April, Hunting hired Juan Ramirez, a 2017 Stafford High School graduate, to work full-time in Hunting’s Manufacturing Division, while he pursues a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from the University of Houston-Downtown.

“Juan Ramirez is dependable and a fast learner,” Hunting Manufacturing Supervisor Dwight Cassell said. “He’s willing to learn and grow with the plant.”

Cassell manages a Manufacturing Team of 19, including Ramirez, who is one of two De-Burr/Polish Technicians.

“He has one of the most important jobs in the entire process,” Cassell said.

The Manufacturing Team works on Hydraulic Couplings, which are used at the base of the sea in Oil & Gas operations around the world.

Ramirez grew up in Stafford and was a “Hometown Hero” – the name given to students who attend Stafford MSD from Kindergarten through Graduation. He was Captain of the SHS Boys Soccer Team that reached the second round of the UIL 4A Playoffs in 2017.

Ramirez said he learned English while he was a student at Stafford Elementary. At Stafford High, he enrolled in the Welding Program, which proved to be very beneficial.

“It seemed like something interesting to learn,” Ramirez said. “It taught me a lot about working with machines, similar to what we have at Hunting.”

Ramirez chose to apply at Hunting because his former SHS classmate and soccer teammate, Daniel Ponce, had already started working there.

“I like the role that I have and the work environment,” Ramirez said. “It takes discipline. If you’re not disciplined, it’s a challenge.”

Ramirez’ day begins when he wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for an eight-hour shift. He will soon take 12 credit hours at UH-Downtown with plans to earn a degree and eventually start his own construction company.

Cassell said he plans to further strengthen the ties with Stafford MSD and hopes to hire more SMSD graduates in the future.