ESAB donation benefits Penn College welding program

May 21, 2021

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — ESAB, a leading manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and consumables, has donated equipment to benefit instruction in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has been a partner of Penn College for nearly three decades. It recently donated a submerged arc welding system that includes an Aristo 1000 AC/DC welding power source and an A6S heavy duty wire feed system mounted on an A6B side beam carriage. The system also includes a flux recovery system. ESAB provided the technical support to get the system installed and running. The total value of the donation is nearly $64,000.

The new equipment will be added to two other submerged arc welding (subarc) systems at the college. Submerged arc welding is a high-deposition, high-amperage process that is used to weld thick metal quickly. The donation allows students to learn processes used in shipbuilding, pipe welding and other applications.

The ESAB-donated equipment will be used primarily by students in the Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I and II courses, which deal with aluminum, stainless steel and the high-deposition process. It will also support learning objectives for cost estimation, as well as testing and exercises for other upper-level classes.

“We thank ESAB for this addition to our welding program,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “With nearly a 100% placement rate, our graduates fill positions across a variety of industries. Access and experience on different equipment help Penn College students and graduates contribute immediately to their employers. Corporate partners like ESAB help make this happen, and we appreciate the company’s longtime support.”

ESAB was founded in 1904 by Oscar Kjellberg, who developed the world’s first welding electrode. The company has multiple locations, including the ESAB Welding & Cutting Products manufacturing division in Hanover.

Penn College offers a bachelor’s degree in welding & fabrication engineering technology, associate degrees in welding technology and metal fabrication technology, and a certificate in welding. For more information, visit the Welding & Metal Fabrication website.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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Last Updated May 21, 2021