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Hot topic: Students learn welding at mobile training facility in Dover
By Leslie Modica
Monday, November 16, 2009
DOVER — One of Jim Amara’s top goals recently has been to introduce a welding program at Dover High School’s Career Technical Center.
He came close recently when the school worked out a deal with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to train students in welding at the shipyard at nearly no cost to the school.
But that fell through recently when it became clear an exception could not be made to the rule that only civilians who are shipyard employees can be allowed at the facility.
So, after a referral from someone at the shipyard, Amara did what he said was the next feasible option, another with a minimal price tag.
He booked the New England School of Metalwork’s mobile welding unit to spend a week at the school to teach students welding basics.
The unit, about the size of a 16-foot truck, is self-sustaining, with a generator, heat for the winter and air conditioning for warmer days. Inside are eight stalls about the size of voting booths at which students used various welding tools to learn the trade.
The unit was so popular, he already booked it for two weeks next year, Amara said Friday, the last day it was on campus.