Project Complete: DHS welding program completes DCNR project

Published 11:09 am Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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Note: A DHS student was mistakenly omitted from the article in the 03/09/22 print edition of the Demopolis Times. The student’s name has been added to the online edition.

DHS welding students recently completed a project for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.




















Students in the DHS Welding program recently completed a project for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). Students completed the project last Thursday, March 3.

The welding students worked on a tractor and rebuilt the three-point-hitch system on the disk. It was an opportunity for the students to get hands-on and work experience in repairing a machine in a training setting. The ADCNR was able to avoid a trip to the repair shop while providing students with a chance to improve their skills on a serious piece of equipment.

DHS Welding Instructor Dale Aker was pleased with his students getting a chance to put their welding skills to use in a real world setting. He said it was a good project for his students to work on as he believes a person gets more experience from hands-on work.

“They were able to apply some of the things they had learned in a real world setting versus just relying on scrap material that they learned to weld on,” said Acker. “Now they can turn around and apply that to where they would really be viewing it like they would out on a job somewhere.”

Aker said he is very proud of his students for taking on the project and accomplishing it.

“We just like to be able to help contribute to the community where we can. Projects like this one is one way we can contribute back to them by doing work for government agencies who may not have the funding at the time to repair something,” said Aker. “I am a firm believer that students learn more when they’re in a live work setting. I’m a fan of live work experience, and I’m proud of my guys for the job they did.”

Students who worked on the project were Donald Means, Adam Gibbs, Gabe Yelverton, Caleb Spencer, Kentrell Adams, and Alaa Alsahqani.