Welding students improve lab classroom

Students of the summer Welding Fabrication I class recently used creativity and skills learned in their program to solve a classroom problem.


The Welding Lab has several TIG welding machines which had been located on stationary desks. To improve the functionality of the classroom, student David Fox decided to create dedicated carts for the TIG welding machines. What started as an idea and a paper sketch, transitioned into a blueprint with a bill of materials using AutoCad software. The metal and parts were ordered and raw metal was transformed into two showroom ready carts using various welding and CNC plasma equipment. Once electrical is hooked up, students will be able to move these carts around the lab classroom, increasing their ability to work on diverse projects. Student Jake Frye also created a stationary dual cart for two more units from concept to finished product, improving lab storage and safety.


“I’m very proud of their ingenuity and skill,” said instructor Wayne James. “When you can apply concepts of the classroom to solve problems, that’s when real learning occurs.”


Learn more about welding opportunities at Mitchell, from degree, diploma and certificate options to short-term training including single classes.


Pictured above (left-right) is student David Fox and instructor Wayne James with a finished mobile cart.