Welding students at the Waynesville Career Center are helping with the aftermath of the flood, but in an unusual way.
While others have been cleaning up or hauling away debris, hanging drywall and painting, welding students have been busy creating gravel screen filters for the Pulaski County Road and Bridge crew. Two of the screens will allow three-inch gravel to pass through, while the smaller screen will allow only 1.5-inch gravel to pass through.
“This will help prepare road material more efficiently and help us – especially with our flood-damaged roads in the county,” says Eastern County Commissioner Lynn Sharp. “The county very much appreciates the students’ work.”
The county purchased the raw materials and both the morning area school students and afternoon Waynesville students worked on the project, freeing up time for the county employees to continue their work on the roads and saving the county thousands of dollars. Students utilized horizontal, vertical, flat and overhead welding techniques to produce the three screens.
“This was a great project for all of us,” says WCC Welding Instructor Alex Neuman. “Students received real-world experience, learning how to create a product to meet the customer’s specifications and helped out the community.”