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TCAT-Elizabethon training pipefitters and welding candidates for employers

Contributed • Updated Aug 20, 2019 at 9:08 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Job seekers usually go to the employer for an interview. However, the reverse is happening for pipefitting and welding students at Tennessee College of Applied Technology locations in Elizabethton, Greeneville and Surgoinsville.

National Boiler Service of Trenton, Georgia, is testing candidates for employment as a tube welder and pipefitter/boilermaker through Thursday on the TCAT-Elizabethton Main Campus.

Human Resource Director Larry Brown said he has been satisfied to date with the quality of student skills taught by TCAT instructors. 

Pipefitting tests were held on Monday and Tuesday. Monday had a seven-hour test that demonstrated the ability to read, create and comprehend field drawings and to physically construct piping structures. Tuesday’s session featured four hours of additional testing, including a written test and structural welding test.

Welding candidates were tested Monday through Wednesday. The first day was a prep day to review the process and work on techniques with candidates. The second day was seven hours of welding. It included a heavy wall tube test in a restrictor that simulates a water wall in a boiler and a stainless steel overlay of a carbon tube.

“The American Welding Society says the pass rate, nationally, on a heavy wall tube test in a restrictor is about 29%. We have a 100% pass rate with our TCAT schools,” Brown said.

Today’s third day of testing will be six hours of MIG (gas metal arc) and flux core (constant welding supply) testing in vertical and overhead positions.

“We value our partnership with our TCAT consortium of schools. We have been impressed with the character, work ethic and skill sets of the TCAT candidates we have hired to date. We have a very busy fall season coming up and look forward to adding more folks of the quality level we have been able to experience from our TCAT consortium,” Brown said.

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