Welding students practice their skills in their new 'Sandlot'


Northwest Florida State College welding program students built a worksite simulator for use in the Advanced Welding Certificate classes. The simulator was built with material donated by Gulf Power to enhance the welding training of the advanced welding students. The simulator has been nicknamed "the Sandlot" by the welding students.


"The simulator will be a great asset in helping develop the skills of our welding students," said Scottie Smith, daytime welding instructor. "Getting our students out of the welding booths and into real-world situations will make them better welders and help them understand the work environment that they are about to step into."

The simulator will be used to train advanced welding students in SMAW (Stick) pipe welding, GTAW/SMAW combo pipe welding, and stainless steel pipe welding. The simulator will also be used to train all welding students in rigging and worksite safety practices.



Pictured are the students who built the Sandlot. L-R: Matthew Stewart, Dylan Josey, Adam Juengst, Brandon Wayne, Remington Costner, Brandon Pritchard, Gary Smudzinski, Dallas Montgomery, Ryan McLeod and Teyler Sexton. Front: Scottie Smith, daytime welding instructor.