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HRHS Welding Shop Gets Industry Standards Upgrade

“It will be great for the students to acquire the new technology and to learn how to use these tools correctly. And when they get out of school, that will be a big advantage for them.

The HRHS welding class, school officials and the CWB representative are delighted with the development. [Photo: Gerry Lampow 106.1 The Goat/Vista Radio]

The CWB Welding Foundation is allocating $ 50,000 towards the expansion of Holy Rosary High School, which will allow the school to host an industrial-level workshop for its welding students.

School officials as well as CCB representative Alan Gallant were on hand for Thursday’s announcement.

Gallant deals with 2,500 clients across western Canada, and he says they have identified a common concern.

“The biggest challenge is getting the young students out, the young people who know how to adjust the machine. Who know what they are talking about to make corrections, depending on the situation they find themselves in. It’s really great that these guys are able to get the latest stuff and learn from scratch.

He stressed that high schools are the perfect place to learn these welding basics, as the industry predicts that by 2028, around 700,000 welders nationwide will retire or change careers. He says they are already seeing signs of this shortfall and that the CWB is actively investing in the future.

Gallant said the CWB and industry partners have invested more than $ 9 million this year across Canada as they target schools in every community that are actively invested in welding.

In industry, shielded metal arc welding (stick), gas arc welding (MIG) and tungsten gas arc welding (TIG) are the main skills that students must acquire. . Gallant noted that not all schools have this capability, which the new lab and, by extension, this community will benefit from.

Councilor Lorelee Marin, speaking on behalf of the City, welcomed the CWB’s investment, noting that Lloydminster is based on the trades and that there is also an increasing participation of women in the industry.

Grade 10 student Marleigh Mann will be one of the beneficiaries of the new welding shop going live.

“I’m really excited to see all the new technology they’ll have in there. I can’t wait to try it. They’ve brought in some new welders already for testing and it’s been really fun testing them out and I can’t wait to see all the new tech that will be all over the station.

Artist’s drawing of the new HRHS welding shop. [Photo: Gerry Lampow 106.1 The Goat/Vista Radio]

Class teacher Kevin Bender, who joined the group in 2008, said it’s all about the students. He reflected that they started with four stick welders and he had to hone his welding skills. He explained how important TIG welding is to the industry because the school will have this capability.

“From aeronautical maintenance to automotive technology. It is a very fine and detailed weld. You can weld many different types of metals with it, so you’re not limited to mild steel. You can weld aluminum and all kinds of different alloys with it. It is a very, very precise and meticulous weld. Anything you need to be specific about. This is the type of welding you would choose.

For this school year, they have nearly 100 students in welding. The new facility is scheduled for the end of 2022.