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Welding benefactor returns to campus with well-stocked ‘Demo Van’

Welding students work with the ESAB Rebel EMP 285ic, a portable multiprocess unit.
Welding students work with the ESAB Rebel EMP 285ic, a portable multiprocess unit.
ESAB’s Robust Feed U6 wire feeder, coupled with an Aristo 500ix power supply, finds a temporary home on campus.
ESAB’s Robust Feed U6 wire feeder, coupled with an Aristo 500ix power supply, finds a temporary home on campus.
Penn College welding alum Jason M. Brown (far right) returns to campus as a field marketing specialist for ESAB. He’s joined by the company’s regional sales account manager, Rob Mitchel.
Penn College welding alum Jason M. Brown (far right) returns to campus as a field marketing specialist for ESAB. He’s joined by the company’s regional sales account manager, Rob Mitchel.

Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students enjoyed an early holiday treat, compliments of the ESAB Demo Van.

About 30 students received hands-on experience with ESAB’s latest innovations, showcased during the van’s recent visit. ESAB is a world-leading producer of welding and cutting equipment and consumables. The college’s 55,000 square-foot welding facility contains several ESAB products.

“The visit from ESAB was important because our students need to know what solutions are available in the welding industry,” said Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding, who helped coordinate the on-campus experience. “Our students will be the ones recommending equipment and setting up training programs in the future, so it is essential that they have broad exposure to how different power-supply manufacturers are approaching the challenges of welding.”

The students employ gas metal arc welding to test the ESAB Rebel power supply.
The students employ gas metal arc welding to test the ESAB Rebel power supply.
The three-phase ARISTO unit gets a tryout from students using flux-cored arc welding.
The three-phase ARISTO unit gets a tryout from students using flux-cored arc welding.
The ESAB Demo Van finds the perfect parking spot: the Penn College welding facility!
The ESAB Demo Van finds the perfect parking spot: the Penn College welding facility!

The van featured an array of plasma-cutting systems, welding machines, MIG guns, carbon arc gouging torches and personal protective equipment.

ESAB representatives Rob Mitchel, regional sales account manager, and Penn College alumnus Jason Brown, field marketing specialist, demonstrated the equipment. Brown earned an associate degree in welding technology in 2009, and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

“I am very appreciative that a company like ESAB is willing to spend the time and resources to visit our campus and showcase their equipment,” Good said. “It is another testament of the relationships that we try to build and cultivate at Penn College that enable student success and provide companies with the opportunity to recruit our exceptional students.”

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