“You just can’t beat live work experience,” McBride said. “And we’re helping the college. It’s a win-win.” Not only will this project make the stage safer and handicap accessible but it is also providing valuable know-how for welding students and instructors alike. When asked if they learned anything new on the job, McBride revealed a tidbit about welding stainless steel. “It is really easy to warp so you have to watch the temperature. The steel can’t get too hot. We saw this as an issue and solved it as we went. I’ll definitely take that lesson to my future students.”
Besides the value of real world experience, by allowing the students to perform the work, it saved Columbus Technical College tens of thousands of dollars. A contractor estimated the work to cost about $90 thousand but McBride and his students were able to do the same job for less than $15 thousand.