Two Rend Lake College students recently took on the task of demonstrating to high school welders the techniques they will need to succeed at the college level and in the working world.
Joe Gill of Pinckneyville and Will Dailey of Mt. Vernon, both students in Welding Professor Dave Smith’s class, created an example of textbook welding at Smith’s request. Using a metal plate, they used their skills to weld a variety of metal fixtures onto the plate, demonstrating to high school students "what good, quality welds are," said William Dill, Division Chair of the Advanced Technology Center.
The need to demonstrate quality welds stems from the implementation of dual-credit courses. Through this program, high school students can enroll in certain college courses while still in high school. The courses are taught by high school teachers, who use the same textbooks and materials as college instructors. One such dual-credit class is a welding course at Benton Consolidated High School, for which Gill and Dailey created the demonstrative plate.
Welding involves preciseness and consistency in psychomotor skills, meaning the practitioner must be able to repeat the same movement again and again, Dill said.
Smith said he wanted the plate made so the high school welders "could see an end product."
The plate will "show high school students what they are going to have to be able to do," said Gill. He and Dailey agreed that the high school welding students will "have a big leg up" when they reach RLC if they can duplicate the welds on the plate.
Dailey’s advice to the high school welders is simple: practice. Gill indicated good welders are in demand. "There’s a need for welders anywhere you go," he said.
For more information on RLC’s welding programs, contact RLC’s Advanced Technology Center at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1271.