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Students Excel In Welding Program

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UTTC is making sparks fly in it's welding department. Students use welding simulators and the workshop to learn the proper techniques of welding.With the addition of the state of the art simulators, UTTC has created an advanced welding program.

Students have to take months of welding training before certification. But with the simulators and the workshop training, it can take a matter of weeks.

Jamie will get his welding certification in April, and says he likes the additional help the simulators give.

"I don't see where you're going to lose anything if you have it. You're gonna only gain, it kinda give you a head start on what you're gonna be working with out in the shop. Muscle memory and stuff with the, with the welding guns," says student Jamie Barnes.

This 16 week program has students working from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Attendance is mandatory. Students have several simulations they must complete, before even touching a welding gun.   

Students have to get at least a 90 percent in order to advance.

UTTC officials say this was more than just an expensive new tool for students to use.

"We knew this was the way we wanted to go. I know that the University of Ohio did a study and the ones that are getting trained on the simulators are getting certified faster. So, we know this is the direction we wanted to go," says Steve Shepherd, Career Technology Coordinator.

With Native American unemployment in the region close to 23,000, school officials say the simulators in other technical programs like welding will attract more students.

"It also give our students the opportunity and attracts them into, you know, a lot of student like video games and this is another, you know, form," says DeManD Project director Rae Gunn.

UTTC officials say simulators allow students hours of practice, and save on materials that would otherwise be ruined due to rookie mistakes.

If you're interested in learning more about welding or any other technical field that teaches with simulators come to the UTTC open house tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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