January 26, 2020
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Eastern Maine Community College’s KHEC announces welding training partnership with NPT Region III

Community Author: Debora Rountree
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Eastern Maine Community College‘s Katahdin Higher Education Center in East Millinocket and Northern Penobscot Tech Region III of Lincoln are pleased to announce the creation of an adult education partnership for MIG welding training beginning in February.  This training will be offered at NPT Region III, 35 West Broadway in Lincoln at no cost to qualified applicants, through a generous grant from the Maine Quality Centers of the Maine Community College System.

The 180-hour GMAW Gas Metal ARC Welding Skills course, starts on Feb. 4 and runs through May 28, from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This schedule accounts for a week off/school closed in February and April. This course prepare students with the skills and knowledge for employment in manufacturing. The course is designed for individuals with no welding experience or limited welding experience and who want to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry. Trainees who complete this training will be offered interviews with several local companies. To apply for this program please call Region III at 207-794-3004 extension 211.

The welding process covered in this program is Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW or MIG). Students will learn welding safety and instruction on all transfer modes. Training of the students will show them how to perform quality fillet and groove welds. Other areas of study include basic trade math, equipment maintenance, welding symbols, blueprint reading, oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting training. Upon successful completion of the course the student should be:

  • Diversified in GMAW process
  • Skills to complete 1G and 2G limited AWS test
  • Basic understanding of welding symbols and blueprints
  • Knowledgeable in the different wire types and gasses
  • Proficient at performing fillet welds in all positions
  • Able to perform groove welds in flat and horizontal position
  • Able to produce a quality cut with the oxy-acetylene and Plasma

To qualify, applicants must be a:

  • Be a Maine resident
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED.

The Katahdin Higher Education Center of Eastern Maine Community College and the University of Maine System is an off-campus center in the Katahdin Region where people can take courses, pursue degrees, and receive all the support they need to earn a degree close to home and on schedules that fit into their family and work lives. Courses are taught by faculty on-site, online, or two-way videoconferencing. Academic advising, tutoring, study skills workshops, computer access, library services and student activities are available to help support individual student success. The Katahdin Higher Education Center is located at 1 Dirigo Drive East Millinocket. More information is available at www.learn.maine.edu/east_millinocket or by calling 207-746-5741.