Fab School founder, Troy Johnson, ignited his passion for metal fabrication over 34 years ago. He started racing dirt bikes with a friend early in life and was quickly introduced to Baja and fell in love with the off-road industry and the adventures Baja had to give immediately. Johnson thrived in the off-road industry early on and helped bring many top teams to victory including but not limited to his involvement with Curt LeDuc, Walker Evans, Mike Leslie, and Team Kia with Darren Skilton. Johnson combined his interests in racing and fabrication to jump-start his career and started Johnson Fab.
With the increasing influence of the service industry sector on the U.S economy, along with the baby boomer generation approaching retirement age, manufacturing companies are in need for young skilled fabricators. Companies are willing to pay premium salaries and benefits to enthusiastic young workers willing to take the reigns from the previous generation of fabricators. This is exactly what motivated Troy Johnson to start The Fab School in 2005.
“I came up with this idea years ago when I was trying to find employees to work for myself. The industry was dry when it came to qualified fabricators to come work for me and all my past employers also looking to hire. Everybody was looking and there was just nothing out there to be found so, I came up with this idea that I would train a few and then I would be able to cherry pick and go back to doing what I love, which is building race cars.”
Troy has handpicked some of the top industry professionals to join The Fab School as instructors. It is important to him that each instructor has over 10 years of experience in the fabrication industry and possesses unique, insider knowledge of the complexity and scope of work involved in the fabrication industry today. Troy and the other instructors at The Fab School take pride in passing their skills, expertise, and industry knowledge to the students.