RCC welding students design, construct benches at Archdale Campus

ASHEBORO (Dec. 6, 2018)

Randolph Community College’s 2019 Welding Diploma class recently designed, made blueprints, and built two park benches for the area outside the Welding Center on the Archdale Campus.

Pictured in the back row, left to right, Dillon Stephenson, Jared Rice, Eli Hutchins, Brandon Gilbert, and Adam Luther. Seated, left to right, Miranda Hill and Chris Lemon.
Pictured, left to right, Alex Turmenne, Seth Poindexter, Jerry Hernandez, Sean Swingle, Austin Casey, and Aletha Atkins.

The students enjoy taking a break from welding class in a shaded area in front of the building, but noticed there was no place to sit and enjoy the shade. Department Head Michael Ford asked them how they would fix the problem, and the bench idea was born.

The class was broken into two groups and given a steel list the students could use.

“I let them run with the design, blueprints, and fabrication,” Ford said. “This type of project teaches a student, on many levels, how difficult it is to get an idea to a final product and how much time and work it takes for fabrication. It also teaches the importance of working as a team and to use each other’s strengths to benefit the team.”

The project was graded on how accurate the blueprints were to the final project, but Ford said the benches themselves will last beyond those marks.

“These benches will be around for years to come and a welcome spot to take a break in the shade,” he said. “The students did a great job all around on their first big team fabrication project.”

For more information on RCC’s Welding Program, click here.