Congrats & THANK YOU, (Chip) of the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife for
organizing & hosting MIG, FC & safety training for the Pitkin and Roaring Judy Hatchery technicians!

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Classroom in the shop. 
Great idea!
Two stations with wire machines:
1 loaded with solid (MIG) wire, & 1 loaded with FC-g (dual shield) wire. Everyone got to weld with each type, & learn about their advantages.
In the classroom we discuss variables like stick out, gun angle & travel speed, & watch expertly-made videos showing proper operation & technique, as well as a few entertaining welding safety training videos.

HUGE THANKS to Town of Crested Butte
& congratulations on your SMAW & Welding Safety workshop!

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Classroom in the shop - on a lift! 
We placed a monitor at the front & gathered around for the SMAW discussion & safety videos. 
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It was great, after taking April thru November off from in-person training, to get back to "sparkin'-up" w/ the guys!  We reviewed how to practice running several types of rods - including gouge rod.
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Many thanks to NM LTAP for hosting the first virtual (online)

Practical Metallurgy 1 training program, November 12, 2020! 

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Congratulations & many thanks to Utah LTAP & West Jordan Public Works for hosting a 2-day welding workshops in November, 2019 & March, 2020

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21 crew members from the Salt Lake City area gathered for 2 days of Practical Metallurgy, oxy-fuel & welding safety, process training (all 5!), distortion fundamentals, stick electrode gouging and thermal lance training.
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Coach 'em up & turn 'em loose to practice. 
We learn a lot from watching each other.
Small groups at multiple stations keeps everyone engaged & busy. 
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Self-shielded flux core in a suitcase, powered by a portable welder is perfect for field repairs
TIG welding is always a favorite process to learn
The thermal lance was a hit!  
Gouging, piercing & cutting

Huge thanks & congrats to San Juan County Utah for hosting welding training for all the county, city & school district maintenance crews October 30-31, 2019

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Needing to send several crew members to the LTAP welding training scheduled for November, it was determined that hosting their own 2-day welding workshop was a viable alternative. 
  • this created opportunities for area towns & the school district to participate in training without travel expenses
  • reasonable tuition was collected to cover expenses, including pizza & sandwich lunches both days
  • participants were encouraged to bring their own welding machines, rod & wire to learn on their own equipment
Welding & oxy-fuel safety, practical metallurgy, stick, flux core, MIG & TIG (steel & aluminum!), distortion control, plasma arc cutting & gouge rod made up the curriculum.
Unfortunately, once again, I failed to remember to take photos of the guys while they were welding.

Congratulations & many thanks to Kansas LTAP and the Lyon County Highway Dept. for hosting welding training in October, 2019

Beads on plate, T & lap joints on coupons, then the table leg exercise to learn how to compensate for distortion.
22 crew members from area county, city and DOT maintenance shops gathered in Emporia, KS for classroom & hands-on welding training featuring stick, FC-s & MIG on both steel and aluminum, as well as oxy-fuel & welding safety.
Welding aluminum with a spool gun
Gouging electrodes (a.k.a. chamfer rods) were a hit!  Most students had no experience using them, but everyone learned how useful they can be.  

BIG THANKS to Colorado LTAP, El Paso County and Summit County Colorado

for hosting welding training in April and May, 2019!

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Colorado Springs and Frisco, Colorado workshops

*  I didn't get any photos, BUT we (40+ students) had a great time learning about
stick, MIG & FC welding, oxy-fuel safety and welding safety.
That's a lot of welding processes to cover in a 1-day workshop! 
Thanks, Zach & Kacey, for assisting in the shop - extra eyes to keep folks safe.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute & the North Dakota LTAP for hosting welding training in April, 2019


Valley City, ND Welding Workshop

20 crew members from surrounding area city, county & DOT maintenance shops gathered for classroom & hands-on training featuring SMAW, welding & oxy-fuel safety, & Practical Metallurgy.
Below left: we always try to have a service truck set up outside with a gouging station.
Participants earn credit toward their
Road Scholar program.

Bowman, ND Welding Workshop

          Crew members from several surrounding county & city maintenance shops gathered in Bowman for a 1-day trainer on stick, oxy-fuel safety, welding safety & carbon steel metallurgy. 
Participants earned credit toward their Road Scholar program.

Thank you, NDLTAP!


HUGE THANKS to Eagle County Fleet Dept.

& congratulations on your Metallurgy, TIG, Stick & Welding Safety Training Day!


The Motley Crew put down some impressive beads on steel and aluminum! 

L to R: Tyler Wilson, Kevin Zaiontz, Daniel Eachus, Talon Ortiz, Hugo Serna, Dillon Block


The ability to set & operate the machine correctly, then perform a weld repair safely are important parts of welding training. Here Kevin practices filling a groove he just gouged in a scrap blade.

More to come!

It's a very busy Spring -

Stay tuned!