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Friday, 18 April 2014 06:34

Newcomers will benefit from custom welding program at Great Plains College

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Great Plains College continues to play an important role in ensuring newcomers are welcome in the community it serves and that they are equipped for industry and employment.


In December 2013 the college was approached by nine Filipino newcomers (and two Canadians) in the Swift Current community who wanted to take their Canadian Welding Bureau certification test (CWB) but were unsure if they were ready. They asked for instruction prior to attempting to test and Great Plains College delivered.
“Welding instructor Jared McKenzie and I met with the group at the Newcomer Welcome Centre and proposed the idea of having them come in to do an assessment of their current skill level. After that, we determined the number of hours of prep that we felt would be required to give them the best chance of success in the testing. The group committed to the time and the course became a reality,” says program co-ordinator Melanie Kristmanson.
Hence, a 16-hour custom program that ran four evenings in January and February 2014 was created. After the prep course was complete, a date was scheduled for the CWB examiner to come on site and do a day of testing at the college.
Every one of the 11 currently-employed participants passed the test. Each received their Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) certifications in all four stick welding test positions — flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead.
In order to be successful, each candidate had to demonstrate his or her ability to perform welds in each of these four positions.

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