“Good welders are in demand. If you can put down a good weld, you will get a job,” John Clements, Lewiston Adult Education Welding instructor explains.
John Clements and Mike Cyr are welding instructors at Lewiston Adult Education. Together, they teach the Welding Certificate program, which provides 90 hours of instruction and lab within the 15 weeks of training. Both Clements and Cyr began their Welding training in Lewiston, and they agree that what makes Lewiston Adult Education unique is the progression of the welding knowledge and hands-on lab experience that give students “miles and miles of practice.”
The Welding Certificate program in Lewiston emphasizes safety. “Safety is key,” Mike Cyr states. There is a lot of smoke, heat, sparks, and gasses, so “a welder should be very detail oriented and have the proper knowledge of safety procedures.”
In addition to the foundational safety training, anyone who participates in the Welding program will learn the basics of gas metal arc welding, also known as MIG Welding. Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known as TIG welding, are included. Students begin welding in the flat position, then progress to horizontal, vertical, and overhead. Students begin with 6011 and progress to 7018 1/8” electrode rod welding; this includes the whole process from how to set the proper amps, position, travel speed, and proper bead needed for a strong weld.
What are the characteristics of a good welder? Cyr describes, “Someone who is dependable, willing to work hard, eager to learn new processes of welding, someone who is flexible and reliable.” Clements adds, “Good vision and hand-eye coordination. Also, it’s important to have the ability to take some criticism. I’m familiar with some stringent weld inspectors, and they still get me on the smallest of details. So ultimately those critiques make you a better welder.”
Clements and Cyr agree that Lewiston Adult Education “helps students to be able to do any projects – at home or on the job.” The course is customizable and can prepare you to meet your goals. Both Clements and Cyr currently work at Pathway Metroflex.
For more information on the Welding Certificate, contact Lewiston Adult Education at 795-4141 or look online at www.lewistonadulted.org. Classes start January 29th.
by Jessica Crabtree
on January 21, 2014
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