June 29, 2022

Industrial Mechanics and Welding at HACTC

Charlie Cloud and Stephen Krueger, Lebanon High School, Industrial Mechanics and WeldingLearning is defined as the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught. Here at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, we have been able to explore all aspects of this definition.

When we came into the Industrial Mechanics and Welding class, we were not expecting to do as much computer work as we did, so we think that we were all surprised. One of the hardest things for us to learn was AutoCad. The process of learning to program a CNC machine is quite daunting at first, but once you take the time to learn and make mistakes, it becomes much easier. I think we speak for everyone in the class when we say that we have an entirely new set of skills now than when we came into the class as juniors. This class has done a very good job of teaching us to work through our problems that we face in the process of making our projects, and also teaching us the correct way to do them. 

When we began AutoCad, it was a very challenging subject to learn. The trouble wasn’t that we weren’t motivated to learn the topic at hand, but was rather that none of us were really expecting to do much work on a computer. Boy were we wrong. We began to practice on AutoCad until we were proficient and could program the CNC machine to create the exact design that we had intended. This took most of us a laughable amount of time, and resulted in frustration for some. After all was said and done, however, we were all glad that we took the time to learn the correct way, because you can make some really awesome stuff with a computer and a CNC machine, and the projects that have come out of this class are proof of that. 

This class has impacted our future in a very positive way. Both of us plan on going into the trades after we graduate. Stephen will be going to school for welding in the fall, and I have an internship lined up for diesel mechanics this summer. If it had not been for this program, we would not have been as prepared to go out into the world and make a name for ourselves in the fields we chose. This class made us both more confident, and gave us the skills needed to be successful in the field of skilled labor.

- Charlie Cloud and Stephen Krueger, Lebanon High School, Industrial Mechanics and Welding