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February 25, 1974     Bellevue College
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The College Welding shop: "modern and up to date" By DARLENE DiDONATO To the right, sparks fly in all directions. A student sits at a bench, a mask over his face, and a torch in Ms hand aimed at a piece of steel in front of him. Bruce Turner and Mark Mc- Adams, second year students de- scribe the various phases of the Welding Program, as we observ- ed some of the action. They explained the first stu- dent we had noticed was doing prepatory work. The students then move along to the next phase after the first step is com- pletely mastered. McAdams pointed out a mach- ine called the Trig and lIig, which is used for aluminum and stainless steel work, saying the equiptment for the Welding Class is modern and up to date. The instructor is Jack UcMda, who has welded for 38 years. "I learned how to weld in 1931, when I was in high school at Edison Tecfi in Seattle," he ex- plained. Uchida has a degree in en- gineering and metalurgy, and has previously taught at Seattle Com- munity College and Renton Vo- cational Technical Institute, be- fore coming to the College. "I bought all the eq,,ipment, set it up, designed the curric- ulum and I teach the courses," he said. McAdams and Turner had no- thing but praise for Uchida, the way the course is taught, and how much they themselves have learned from him. They introduced us to Steve Ford, another student who is just completing the two year program and is currently testing for a job with Pacific Car and Found- ry in Seattle. Our two tour guides had no doubts that Ford would get the job. Letters ... "Our instructor is so thorough they both agreed. "We are taught the machines and the power sources right down to the geo- metry of the machines," said Turner. Testing is done every other day to show the progress of each student. They also ,explained, each time a welder gets a job, he or she has to be tested. We watched the more advanced welders through face masks, with a rectangular green slit for the eye section. Every thing was completely black behind the mask, until one of the welders worked his torch acrossed a piece of steel, or aluminum. Then a small green flame came into view. Without a mask, the light of the torch touching the metal is blinding. McAdams and Turner showed us the shop Manifold System, explaining how up to date it was, with each unit in a detached, private room, with each unit in private room, away from the hazzards of flying sparks. The Welding Shop has other sa.Ry features as well; such as the eye wash fountain, and the shower, in case someone's clothing caught on fire. The shower has never been used, they noted. All students wear long leather aprons, leather chaps and the protective head gear. After completing the two year program, students will earn an Associate Degree in Welding Technology, and a chance to work for various companies which require welders. "Companies are hiring from Canada, because of the shortage of welders there," said Turner. Representatives from comp- anies, such as Todd Ship Yard Pacific Car and Foundry, and Lockheed come to Uchida's welding Classes "several times a quarter" looking for welders, McAdam explained. Uchida said 85% of the students who have finished his program are working. "I'd like to have 100% " he commented, adding, "There's a great opportunity in the welding field. Uchida, himself, has realized many of those opportunities, not only in his teaching abilities but also in the formation of var- ious fountains throughout the United Rates. Along with George Tsetakawa, who did the architectural design, Uchida has engineered and con- structed more than 50 fountains, from Florida to Hawaii. Pacific First Federal Savings and Loan Association's fountain next to the Sequoia tree on N.E. 8th in Bellevue, is one of Uch- ida's and Tsutakawa's art works The Seattle Public Library's main branch in downtown Seattle has another graceful display of water and iron work bythis team. Many shopping centers in the greater Seattle area display the fountains of Uchida and Tsu- takawa, as will Spokane's World Fair, when it opens this year. Besides the 36 daytime students at the College, Uchida teaches three shifts of noght classes for a total of 90 stu- dents. "There are 50 people on the waiting list, " Uchida explained, "and because of the tight budget, we can't enlarge the classes," There are a few women in his evening class, Uchida noted. "Women have good hand and eye coordination; the only problen is the heavy work.*' Library quiet after editorial Dear Editor: Thanks for putting the editor- ial "Noisy Library'* in the Ad- vocate. When I wrote to you I had no idea it would (if ever) be taken care of so promptly. The article was well done and I feel helped a lot of us under- stand a few of the privileges along with some of the respon- sibilities. Thanks again for the article and a good newspaper for us here at BCC. Would you believe it has been quiet here in the library... Coincidence? Sincerely, J.M. Draft registration still necessary The Military Selective Ser- vice Act provides that every young man must still register with Selective Service within 30 days of his 18th birthday. He then must receive a lottery num- ber, and be classified. According to David Mansfield, of the Selective Service System, may 18-year olds are unaware that the law requires them to register although they will not be inducted into the services. "Registering is necessary be- cause the draft is the short- notice back-up of the armed for- ces," Mansfield said. "In case of a national emer- gency, the armed forces would be fult up by the draft," he said. Eighteen-year olds in the Bellevue area can register with: Lyla Anderson atNewport High School, Jack Barros at Mercer Island High School, Richard Carl- son at Interlake High School, El- mer Cherry at Sammamish High School, or Frederica Denton at Lake Washinon High School. i (7 lassified Ads... ' Buy from the factory, freight damaged and reject speakers,All full-warranteed electrically, l- inch, three-way, $33. 15-inch three way, $44. Farrard chan- ger, $29.50 AM--FM Stereo receiver, $49.80. Similar sav- ings on Sony, JIC, Nikko, etc. Johnzer Products --854-5942. Classified ads are free to Col- lege students, 1W a word to non-students. To place an ad, call the Advocate at 641-2289. Business oportunity: Money maker meat market. Also mod- ern home. Call Carl 475-8400. North West Land Broker, Ta- coma. Will type term papers, or other papers needed by faculty or stu- dents. $1.00 per page, double spaced. Well qualified, former Kelly Girl. Call Gwendolyn Stoffer at 641-0226 or contact me in the typing lab afternoons. He explained that small metal yards won't use women, because a welder must do heavy work, as well as rJmtar welding, but the large campaniew will and do hire women. For the amount of time spent in a welding job, the monetary rewards are great," said Uchida. Turner and McAdams, who have WOrked in creative crafts for some time, believe that welding offers a dynamic appli- cation to this field, as well as a broader career in arts= rather than just welding, itself. Purse-Size Vigilant Alarm Is The Answer Muggers, rapists and worse are not what you went to college for. We know it and the Vigilant Alarm knows it. 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