NWF Welding program provides exposure for students

May 9, 2017

NICEVILLE- The welding program at Northwest Florida State College recently hosted the major power plant shutdown contractor, National Boiler Service, during a day designed to provide students with opportunity and exposure.Devin Colton performs weld test

NWF Welding regularly hosts companies looking to hire students who can pass certification tests. “We aim to provide students with the ability to apply what they’ve learned to practical situations that they’d encounter in a career,” says Scottie Smith, NWF Welding Instructor. “Many of our students graduate from the program already having a job lined up because of these tests.”

During the recent session with the National Boiler Service, students from Haney Technical Center, Pensacola State College and NWF State College tested for potential employment. “Our facilities are popular for these sort of tests because we’re an accessible halfway point between other college welding programs,” says Smith. “We’re also able to provide the quality environment necessary for companies to test our students.”

Devin Colton, the only NWF student to participate during these tests, was certified during a boiler tube weld test and will be eligible for employment with NBS after he graduates this summer.

NWF Welding will host an information session this month for those interested in the program. This session will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. in building 400 (Student Services Center), room 133, on the Niceville Campus. Registration is not required to attend the session.

At the session, potential students will learn about the application process, program requirements and the competitive selection process, which is based upon a criteria point system. Attendance will count as ten points towards the admissions application.

Photo caption: NWF Welding student Devin Colton of Crestview performs a weld test for certification with the National Boiler Service.