Pictured: Welding student Adam Banks
Adam Banks decided to challenge himself using the knowledge and skills he's gained from the Welding Technology Program by building a piece of art to scale proportion. Using only scrap metal, washers, and bolts to build the cowboy sculpture, Banks made a blueprint to utilize the scrap materials he had to work with. The welding process used in the project was GTAW (tig) mild steel rod filler. There was grinding and sanding involved with shaping the metal along with adding filler wire to scale pieces to correct the dimensions.
Instructor Tim Holder says the students learn not only how to scale pieces by cutting, grinding and adding filler wire but they can build to a smaller scale since all materials are donated to the TCAT-S welding class. This also challenges the student to build in a confined space inside the welding booth.