The calendar says January, the temperature is cold outside, and it’s snowing. So to warm your day, we are reflecting on an event that students in Nebo School District participated in on a hot summer day.
Forty students enrolled in the welding program at Spanish Fork, Maple Mountain, and Salem Hills High Schools entered a float in the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Parade. The float was a mobile fabrication shop displaying completed welding projects. In fact, students worked on welding projects while the float was in motion. A man along the parade route called out, “Keep those beads tight!” He was obviously a dedicated welder.
The fabrication trailer consisted of a large Miller 400 diesel DC power plant, a Miller Trailer Blazer, a Miller 252 mig, a 211 Miller Autoset, fabrication tables, and a cooling tank. The fabrication team consisting of Karson Jones, Allison Hallam, and Jared Graham welded non-stop during the entire parade route. They completed 150 receiver hitch logos for each community. The hitch logos were of the University of Utah and of Brigham Young University. The logos were plasma cut ovals that were prepared the day before. The mobile lab fabricators attached hitch stubs to each of the logos and the completed trimming was cooled. Hitch logos were then given to loyal fans along the parade route. Students escorted the lab distributing brochures describing the courses available in Nebo School District and the related career opportunities. In addition to the float, thirty students who had designed and fabricated drift trikes rode along the parade route.
The parade is just one of the many events these welding students participated in during the summer. They attended other community events in order to recruit and showcase the opportunities available to students in the welding and fabrication courses throughout Nebo School District.
Parade goers had never seen a welding float, so they were impressed with the fabrication trailer, the skills of each student, and the welding designs they created. Many commented that they thought the welding float was the best entry in the entire parade. “This opportunity was a great way to get the word out to the thousands of potential students about what opportunities await them in our educational system, said Jared Massick, teacher at Maple Mountain High School.”
View the fabrication trailer float in action at https://youtu.be/oLSDr8kjajw.
Welding is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences/Precision Production Trades program area. To participate in the Welding Pathway talk to your school counselor.