• C’leste Villarreal, Assistant Professor in Welding, has over 30 years of experience in the welding industry. She began welding in her high school vocational Agricultural Mechanics class as a bet that she could not endure the class. She was the first female to take and pass the class in her high school tenure. Upon completing the certificate welding class at Del Mar College, she began working for an industrial hose company, fabricating and welding flexible metal hoses for industrial use out of stainless steel and Monel metals. She then worked in the oil and gas industry for five years including working building offshore platforms. Her experience includes welding manufacturing equipment that is supplied to Nestle, Frito Lay, Churches, and Popeye’s. Her vast experience includes welding for construction companies as well. While working as the Assistant Field Supervisor for Express Metalwork, she worked in several jobs, including building The Vidorra and The Vistana Condos in San Antonio and creating projects for the Africa Live I and II exhibits at the San Antonio Zoo

    Villarreal earned the following certifications:
    • Kiewit: three different welding processes (SMAW, FCAW, GMAW)
    • Welder Qualification for Flexible Metal Chlorine Transfer Hoses from Flexible Metal Hose Company
    • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Welder Qualification SMAW process CSA W47.1
    • NCCER Trainer Trained,
    • OSHA #501 Trainer General Industry from University of Texas Arlington
    • American Welding Society (AWS) VT Level IIr Welding Inspector
    • OSHA 10 and 30 hour from University of Texas Arlington
    • Aerial Lifts, Central Texas Express Metalwork
    • Standard First Aid, Gary Job Corps
    • Powered Industrial Trucks, Central Express Metalwork

    She started formally teaching welding at Gary Job Corps Center in San Marcos Texas in 2014. She also served on Coastal Bend College’s Welding Advisory Board Committee since 1997. 

    Villarreal is an accomplished artist in the media of watercolor, photography, and metal sculpture. She has been teaching welding at Inspire Community Art Center in San Antonio since 2009. She has received her Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in Digital Design-Graphic in 2010 and has done several freelance projects. 

    Villarreal plays recreational soccer and scuba dives. She has two daughters, one still in high school and one a graduate from UTSA. She serves on the San Antonio Jr. Livestock Show and Rodeo Raffle and BBQ committees for 8 years. Referees youth and high school soccer.