College offers a free introduction to welding

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Fourteen young people learned about welding at the fourth annual Mind Over Metal welding camp.

Northern Lakes College taught this free week-long camp.

This was the first year that the camp was in Slave Lake. Previous camps were in High Level, Wabasca and High Prairie.

Brian Panasiuk, NLC Dual Credit and Recruitment Chair, organized and coordinated the camp.

“The purpose of Mind Over Metal is to introduce youth to welding,” Panasiuk says. “The Canadian Welding Foundation created the camp to address the current and projected shortage of skilled welders in Canada.”

On Tuesday July 9, the kids made hot dog sticks. They learned about bending metal, welding two pieces together and attaching a wooden handle. Campers drilled and glued the handle to the metal.

During the course of the week, campers made dog tags, a hot dog stick, axe and log paper weight and a cow bell.

The camp was open to 12 to 16-year-olds.

The camp ran July 8 to July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Northern Lakes Trades Complex by the Slave Lake Airport.

Hailey Gray drills a dowel to make the handle for a hot dog stick.
Lead instructor, Ralph Courtorielle, gives Noah Pendrak some pointers.

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