Welding class connects to student plans for future
Scott Record took Welding I to learn how to do projects around his Lewiston farm.
The 41 goats keep him busy, but what he hopes one day to have gained enough welding skills to build a maple syrup evaporator.
“I think it’s a really good value. You get a lot of practice. All the supplies are provided,” he said of the Lewiston Adult Education class.
Record praised teacher Mike Cyr for covering the fundamentals and giving the steps along the way.
“The first day is safety, and then you get into it and learn the basics,” he said.
Students did shielded metal arc welding, also known as stick welding. Record plans to take Welding II in the Winter-Spring 2016 semester.
“It’s a good class if people want to learn the basics and see if they want to learn welding. I think it’s a good place to start,” he said.
Paula Walters’ father, grandfather and aunt all worked as welders.
“I guess it runs in the family because I’m pretty good at it,” she said.
Walters took Welding I at Lewiston Adult Education in 2014 and would like to take Welding II.
“I thought it was pretty fun. We had a lot of hands-on experience,”the Lewiston resident said.
She is also going to attend the New England School of Metalworks in 2016. Walters hopes to build on what she has learned and make a career in welding as many in the field approach retirement age
“There’s high demand for welders right now,” she said.
Patty Gray, an employment and training specialist at the Lewiston CareerCenter, agreed.
“It’s a very in-demand position at this point,” she said.
Wages for welders can range from $18 to $26 an hour, Gray said.
Welding I at Lewiston Adult Education is scheduled to begin on Jan. 27 and Welding II is set to start on Jan. 28. For more information about the classes, visit www.lewistonadulted.org or call the adult ed office at 207-795-4141.
by Michael Reagan
on January 8, 2016
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