Engineers Get Crash Course in Welding and Fabrication

 A mechanical engineer from Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory wearing protective clothing tries his hand at welding at Capital Region BOCES.
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) partners with our welding program periodically to offer its engineers a chance to learn from our instructors about tools and welding safety, and detailed processes such as shielded (SMAW) and gas metal arc welding (GMAW).

When engineering and designing products, it’s good to know exactly how difficult it is for welding and machinists to meet the specifications of the design.

This week, a dozen engineers and mechanical designers from the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) are learning just that during a crash course in our welding and metal fabrication lab in the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) at Mohonasen.

“It helps the engineers to understand theories and principles of the processes,” said Welding and Metal Fabrication Instructor Don Mattoon.

 “We have strict controls in place and gaining some experience on how difficult the manufacturing process is, is beneficial to us,” said David Silvestri, a KAPL engineer.

“It helps me to understand what the guys on the other side of the process are going through when looking at our designs,” added Marino Morra, another engineer from KAPL.

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) is government-owned, contractor-operated laboratory run by Fluor Marine Propulsion Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy. KAPL is responsible for the research, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of U.S. nuclear-powered warships. It also manages work on nuclear ships at numerous shipyards across the country.