WSC welding students hope to raise money with smokers

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WILLISTON, N.D. - These welders have the golden arm when it comes to fusing metal. The students at WSC are working hard building two smokers for a good cause. The department is no stranger to building anything from scratch since this is their second go around with the process.

"We started the trailers in August and raffled them off in January. And then we started this project and these will be raffled off May 1," said Tim Delorme, welding instructor.

The Welding students have been persistent, making sure everything is intact. The process hasn't been easy, but they couldn't be happier to be a part of the experience.

"Sometimes we run into a snag, we got to fix it, cut it off. turn it off, whatever we got to do, but we get everything all lined up squared up and they look good," said Chastax Ness, welding student.

And while these students are learning how to read mechanical blueprints, they say learning on the job beats the books .

"We're focusing more on manufacturing and fabricating, which is right up my alley. It's something I've always wanted to do," said Seth Zimmerman, welding student.

So far, raffle tickets have continued to sell, making students hopeful they'll reach their goal.

"I think they're doing pretty good. I don't know how many we sold yet. All my students have tickets and I've sold a few so hopefully it's going good," said Delorme.

And though these students cannot wait for the big day, using teamwork and making memories makes the whole process fun.

The winner will be announced at noon on May 1 in the front lobby of the Western Start Building on campus.