College Welding Program Gets Grant Money

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In came the new and out went the old at Piedmont Technical College. The school was provided with a $250,000 grant to upgrade the equipment in their welding lab. New technology has enabled to the lab operations to become more efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly. Overall, the upgrades have improved the educational value and the welding environment. One of three lab divisions have been upgraded and the school hopes to receive funding for the remaining two sections to be improved upon as well.

Jim Fleming, welding program coordinator and instructor, left, observes Otis Cunningham of Greenwood as he works on a project. The upgraded welding lab was provided through a grant from AdvanceSC.

Jim Fleming, welding program coordinator and instructor, left, observes Otis Cunningham of Greenwood as he works on a project. The upgraded welding lab was provided through a grant from AdvanceSC.

PTC Welding Program Upgraded With Grant

Posted on 10.JUN.09

Piedmont Technical College’s welding labs are now state-of-the-art, thanks to a grant from AdvanceSC. AdvanceSC, funded with profits from Duke Energy’s Bulk Power Marketing program (BPM) and managed by an independent board of directors, recently provided a $250,000 grant to the welding program to upgrade the equipment in the lab.

The old exhaust system was replaced with new state-of-the-art “Clean-Air America” weld stations which filter the weld fumes and re-use the inside air. The program also installed the latest technology in the welding process utilizing the Lincoln Power Wave Model 355 Power Source and PF-10M Wire Feeder system.

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