Welding Lab now enrolling students Learn a trade; develop a skill

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

Pictured above is one of the four welding stations, a testing station and some of the equipment that students will be using when they enroll in the class.

Pictured above is one of the four welding stations, a testing station and some of the equipment that students will be using when they enroll in the class.

The Welding Lab is now open and accepting high school aged students that are enrolled in Troy Holiness School, Tri-County Christian Home Schoolers and high school aged home-schooled students as well. The Welding Lab is located in a building once used as a bus barn on the campus of Troy Holiness Church, which they graciously allow Otto Filsinger to use for instruction.

This will be the second year for Welding Lab and after a fantastic first year of skilled students, Filsinger is highly anticipating even more qualified students. “There are many students who have been enrolled that really care to learn and are making great strides in doing so,” said Filsinger. “Most of the students from last year are able to enroll into advanced welding classes.”

Filsinger’s course, Welding Technology, is designed to cover the theory, fundamentals and basic processes along with the practical applications that build skills and techniques for welders. Students enrolled in the course will learn safety in welding, proper use and operation of shop equipment, welding theory, identification of metals, oxy-acetylene cutting, plasma cutting, oxy-acetylene welding and brazing, shield metal arc welding (stick welding), gas metal arc welding (mig welding), gas tungsten arc welding (tig) and inspections and testing of welds.

He has graciously provided all the tools students will use while in the Welding Lab and has also set up four welding booths, expandable to six if needed, for students to practice their welds as well as a test booth where student’s welding skills will be tested.

Filsinger mastered the art of welding through courses he attended at the University of Missouri, Hannibal-Lagrange College and Hobart School of Welding Technology. He also taught welding for a number of years at Lewis and Clark Technical School and at the General Motors facility in Wentzville in their High Tech department.

The classes run for eight weeks and are available to students on Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and 1 – 3 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Classes will begin August 26 and August 28. Students interested in the course or parents interested in enrolling their students in the course may schedule an interview by contacting Mr. Filsinger by phone at 314-581-4617.

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