Students in the Industrial Technology (IMT) program at the Center for Innovation (CFI) are learning to operate Lincoln MP210 welding equipment as they practice fillet welds in the new six-unit self-contained welding technology lab. Students learned the fundamentals of safe operations and understand the use of safety gear such as goggles, gloves, aprons, and helmet devices, said Mr. Gary Karr, instructor of industrial technology. Students are now practicing their skills and developing their proficiencies with metal fabrication using Mig, Tig, and Stik welding processes. Mr. Karr spoke also of the comprehensive training that is made available to students in the IMT program to include electrical technology, motor control systems, programmable logic controls, welding technology, as well as classroom and laboratory learning activities in residential construction, plumbing, and air condition technology (HVAC).
"I am so pleased to have our new welding laboratory up and running for student learning activities," remarked Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal. “We are preparing Laurel County students for higher-wage, higher-demand career paths in advanced manufacturing and construction technology.. We offer much thanks and appreciation to the district maintenance department who provided incredibly important technical and electrical expertise and mechanical installation services to make this student learning laboratory come to fruition," added Davis.