Harper Campus Hosts Local Boy Scout Troop

The Harper Campus Welding department, along with students from the American Welding Society, hosted the 2nd Annual Welding Merit Badge Workshop for the Mecklenburg County Council BSA on Saturday, March 14th. A total of 27 Boy Scouts earned their Welding merit badge. Requirements included safety hazards and first aid, appropriate safety gear, welding terminology, mechanical and thermal cutting methods, selecting a welding process, performing welds with the equipment, and career opportunities. Each Scout went home to their Troop with an eagle sculpture that they personally completed, as well as a completed merit badge blue card.

Instructor Rich Davis teaching the Boy Scouts Oxy-Acetylene Cutting.

Welding is a relatively new STEM related subject added to the century old tradition of merit badges, and since it’s introduction in late 2012 has already become one of the most popular activities, with 11,061 Scouts earning the badge in 2014. David Langdon, the incoming President of the American Welding Society, and a recent visitor and guest speaker at Harper Campus, was one of the authors of the merit badge guide.

Instructor Mike Scott teaching the Boy Scouts GMAW welding and helping them assemble an eagle made from cut metal parts.

14 volunteers, including students, staff, and faculty members were here for support – giving up not just a weekend, but part of their spring break for a service-learning project. The volunteers included: American Welding Society club officers Eric Navarette, Chris Salley, Paige Hoose, plus Jason Blanchett, Joe Miller, Roxy Aleman and Simon Brown; Full Time Welding Instructor and AWS club advisor Ray Sosko; Full Time Instructional Lab Facilitator Rich Davis; Full Time Staff members Denise Strange and Randy Hellinger; and Part Time Welding Instructors Michael Scott and Brian Lucas. Priscilla Kay, Lab Facilitator from Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology, also helped with arrangements. Special thanks to dedicated Scouter and welding expert Paul Summers, SCWI from Chicago Bridge & Iron, one of our corporate partners. I cannot thank them all enough for making this possible.

Blog Contributor:
John McPherson, CPCC Welding Instructor
Mecklenburg County Council/Lincoln Electric
Welding Champion and Welding Merit Badge Counselor

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a student organization housed at the Harper Campus and includes students currently enrolled in the Welding certificate and/or degree programs. They often participate in community service work and have competed in local and regional welding competitions. The AWS enhances awareness of the art and science of welding, and how it affects our daily lives. If you are interested in learning more about the student club, please contact Ray Sosko (Club Advisor).

Student Club Visits ESAB

Welding students outside ESAB

On November 6, 2012 the CPCC American Welding Society and The Black and Tans sponsored a field trip to ESAB (Elektriska SvetsningsAktieBolaget) in Florence, SC. ESAB is a large manufacturer of welding machines. Their welders range from simple machines to state of the art robotic welders and cutters.

Students participating in a tour of ESAB and learning about the heavy industrial Programmable GMAW Welder

Club advisors and 15 students spent the day learning about Robotics and the advanced equipment in the industry. In addition, students had the chance to weld with some of the company’s latest equipment. The students were very enthusiastic and came home with a better understanding of the state of welding today.

Ray Sosko, AWS Advisor, checking out a state of the art Multi-Purpose Welder

This field trip is just one of the many experiences CPCC Welding students have had the opportunity to participate in as a result of being involved in a student club. The Office of Student Life encourages all students to become engaged outside the classroom. By branching out and getting involved in student organizations, students develop stronger relationships with other students, faculty and staff. Research shows that students who are involved on campus in a club or student government are much happier with their college experience and much more likely to finish college.

To learn more about the Office of Student Life and the active student organizations on campus, please visit our EXPLORE webpage.