Water and fire don't mix, but working with
them pays well!
A pair of welding seniors plan for careers
knows water and fire don't mix.
But a pair of Capital Region BOCES Career and
Technical School (CTE) students are betting their future that
the combination will work out well for them.
The seniors in the CTE welding program at Mohonasen's Center for
Advanced Technology (CAT) are currently building their welding
knowledge in an effort to advance to the next level next year.
For Mike Skowfoe, from Cobleskill Richmondville, that means
going to college to learn how to weld underwater, while for Rod
Nichols, a senior from Schalmont, that means joining the U.S.
Navy to pursue a career as a welder.
"I have always enjoyed
being underwater and I like to weld so that is the perfect
career for me." Skowfoe said. "At CTE, I have been able to learn
about the various types of welding and decide what career is
good for me. I am going to Florida for college to learn
welding is a highly lucrative career path with salaries easily
reaching six figures, according to industry information.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for
underwater welders is increasing 36.9 percent between 2014 and
CTE Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Kelsey said state officials have
reached out to BOCES looking for underwater welders to help
construct off-shore wind turbines.
Nichols, meanwhile, credits CTE with giving him the tools
he needs to succeeds.
"CTE teaches you how to do the techniques you can't learn at
home or anyplace else," he said.
"It is preparing me to go into the Navy and be a welder. That is
something I have always wanted to do."
The top photo shows Skowfoe preparing a torch. In the second
photo, Nichols welds.