From: Casey McDermott [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:46 PM
To: Pietranton, Kelsey; Mackler, Alexander; Spector, Stephen; Goodman, Meghan
Subject: UPDATED - VPOTUS pool report from MCC
Ahead of a roundtable discussion with students, state legislators and others from New Hampshire's manufacturing industry, Vice President Joe Biden toured welding technology facilities at Manchester Community College Tuesday afternoon.
Educational institutions represented at the event included the University of New Hampshire, Manchester Community College, Great Bay Community College and Milford High School. Other participants in the discussion included representatives from local unions, as well as from several New Hampshire-based companies: Corfin Industries, Hypertherm and Hitchiner Manufacturing.
Manchester Community College students Chris Scales, Riley Brown and Joshua Lebeau showed Biden three pieces of machinery during his tour: an axis welding robot, a submerged arc welder and a CNC plasma cutting system. Anthony Hanna, a teacher in the program, directed Biden's walk through the facility.
Scales, presenting the axis welding robot, told the vice president the machine could be programmed to carve out lettering or to weld down corners of metal. As an example, Scales pointed to a small rectangle with “MCC/AWS” — standing for Manchester Community College and the American Welding Society, of which the school is a charter member — etched on its surface.
At another corner of the facility, Brown presented the submerged arc welder. That machine could be used in “heavy industrial” projects like bridgebuilding and shipbuilding, Brown and Hanna explained.
At the final stop before the roundtable, Lebeau showcased the plasma cutting system. (The vice president pointed out that it was bought using federal grant money.) Lebeau said this machine could be programmed to carve precise designs in pieces of metal — like the moose cutout, for example, that was given to the vice president at the end of the tour.
Along the way, the vice president asked each of the students what they planned to do after graduation. Scales, a Coast Guard veteran, said he hoped to start his own company to perform small-scale welding jobs. Brown, an Army veteran, wants to pursue a paid apprenticeship at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Lebeau said he is looking at bachelor’s degree programs in welding engineering.
Reporter, Concord Monitor
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