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Career & Technical School News

Engineers return to high school to learn how to manipulate metal
 

Capital Region BOCES CTE provides crash course in welding, machining to atomic engineers


CTE welding teacher Jesse Novak guides engineer Alan BriggsEngineers accustomed to working in an atomic research center returned to high school this week.

Two dozen engineers with the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) took crash courses in welding and machining taught by Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) faculty members from the Albany campus.

During the session, engineers at the world-class research and development facility learned about machining metal and welding.

During a lesson Wednesday, KAPL electrical engineer Angel Reese nervously tried her hand at stick welding as CTE teacher Ben Cooper guided her. In another section of the welding lab, engineer Rick Surprenant was quick to fire up the welding machine and melt metal.

In the next building over on the CTE campus, engineer Eddie Bell, Jr. and designer Brian Soeller were grinding metal in the machine shop as they created a safety pin, plate and shaft.

Engineer Angel Reese tries her hand at stick weldingKAPL sends its engineers to Capital Region BOCES periodically throughout the year to learn how materials are manually manipulated and items are made.

"It helps the engineers to understand theories and principles of the processes," said Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Executive Principal Denise Capece.

KAPL is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation. KAPL employees develop advanced nuclear propulsion technology, provide technical support for the safe and reliable operation of existing naval reactors and provide training to naval personnel who operate them. Its facilities in Niskayuna and Milton employ 2,600 people.

In the top photo, CTE welding teacher Jesse Novak guides engineer Alan Briggs.

To the right, engineer Angel Reese tries her hand at stick welding.

Below, engineer Dennis Ruiz uses a drill press at CTE.

 

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