Lenoir Community College WELDING WORKSHOP HELD

High school instructors from surrounding counties recently attended a welding workshop held by the Lenoir Community College Welding Technology Department. The workshop was designed to help new and veteran high school instructors get training in areas they currently teach. The three-day workshop included the three major processes used in today’s industry, SMAW (stick), GMAW (mig), and GTAW (tig) welding. Instructors received training in Oxy-fuel cutting as well.
The instructors also had an opportunity to try their hand at the Vertex 360 Welding Simulator. The Vertex 360 allows the student to weld in a simulated environment such as a classroom or a job site setting. It not only saves consumables and metal it helps the student to hone their skills such as arc length, travel angle and CTWD (contact tip work distance) with various cues designed to help the student to get better.

“Welding Technology has definitely changed for the better and is changing all the time,” LCC Welding Technology Program Chair Chris Taylor said. “For our high school agriculture instructors, these workshops help them to keep up with the current technology that’s used in today’s industry.

“The need for skilled welders nationwide is still on the rise and in Eastern North Carolina the pay can be anywhere from $16.00 to $28.00 per hour, depending on experience and credentials,” Taylor said. “This workshop was made possible through the efforts of several instructors, Kevin Schaffer of Lincoln Electric, Tom Wimbish of Airgas National Welders, and Benjie Forrest Eastern Region Agricultural Education Coordinator.”
For more information about the Welding Technology Program, contact Chris Taylor at (252) 527-6223 ext.112 or e-mail ctaylor@lenoircc.edu. 

Welding Workshop Held
Those participating in the Lenoir Community College Welding Workshop recently were, left to right, front row, Jean Smith of South Lenoir High School, Michael Spence of North Lenoir High School, Becca Fisher of West Carteret High School, Sarah Nerswick of White Oak High School; second row, Chris Taylor, LCC Welding Program Chair, Kevin Shaffer of Lincoln Electric, Mike Sutton of Jones Senior High School, Trey Carter of North Pitt High School, Mike Bennett of Riverside High School; back row, Benjie Forrest of Pitt County Schools, John Foster of Lakewood High School, Mark Stampe of Wallace-Rose Hill High School, and Jerry Jones of Greene Central High School.
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