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New Castle students are fusing a passion for welding and the workforce

Classroom to Career
Posted: 6:58 AM, Sep 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-16 06:58:02-04

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NEW CASTLE — Welding is used in a variety of industries, from automotive to aerospace, and students at the New Castle Career Center are heating things up by fusing their passion for welding and the idea of a future career.

Students in the program focus on basic welding areas, like shielded metal, gas metal arc and oxy-fuel.

Through a variety of differnet training exercises, students learn how to weld a variety of materials in four positions: flat, veritcal, horizontal and overhead.

They also learn how to read blue prints and how to set up welding machines and use them.

Instructors, like Steven Vitatoe, say students in the program learn valuable skills that get them prepared for the future workforce.

"It's just neat to see someone go from not being able to do anything from regular book work to be able to build a real part that someone will use," Vitatoe said.

Students who complete the program receive full certification so they will walk across the stage at Ivy Tech as they graduate high school.