Welding Lab Improvement

Assistant Professor and senior welding instructor Mark Legel confesses he has blown more than a few breakers in the welding lab. “We are underpowered throughout the lab,” he said. “If more than three people run a 5” grinder in the booths, they blow lights and circuit breakers.”

But a series of improvements are now underway, thanks to a $10,000 donation from a generous benefactor, that will keep the lights on, increase safety, and allow expanded capacity for welding.

The renovation will re-route the existing welder circuits and welding outlets to new locations. Lighting will be upgraded to LED, replacing the fluorescent lights.

In addition, conduit and wire for a new 200A, 3 PH welding lab sub panel and a new 3 PH, 200A, 120/208 panel board will be installed.
“Welding is a critical resource of MMA Engineering,” said Department Chair Paul Wlodkowski. “It’s a bridge between understanding metallurgy and strength of materials. We are also looking forward to developing closer collaboration between welding and our materials science and engineering courses.”

Photo: Billy R. Sims

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