Last Friday 14th March the new TAS Department Welding Facility was signed off as complete and fully operational. This new welding facility was made possible through the commonwealth government’s program to upgrade the welding facilities in all schools to the current industry standard.
The upgrade involved a complete cleanout of the existing facilities and the re-building of new facilities to the size and standard currently used in industry. Some of the changes involved
- a new air/fume extraction system that is efficient and effective both in the two welding bays and in the heat treatment area;
- two new Lincoln 180 MIG welding machines;
- flexible screening flaps that protect students working in the room from welding flash;
- a quench tank to rapidly cool hot metals;
- an oxy-acetylene cutting table with a removable partitioned bench top;
- new lighting;
- two power switch boards which control both single and three phase welding power in each welding bay;
- two new welding bays with new welding benches;
- new heat treatment room;
- new emergency eye wash facility.
The students completing projects in Y9 and Y10 Metal along with Y12 DT and Y12 IT Auto have been quick to make use of the new facilities and are very pleased to have resources of this quality and capability available to them.
Some fitting out is still to be completed by the TAS staff however it is very pleasing to see this facility finished and offering our students the latest equipment in well lit, well extracted and safe surrounds.
Year 9 Agriculture have also had a busy start to the year with students helping raise the latest clutch of chicks. The students feed, water and weigh the chickens and maintain the cleaning of the brooder box.
They are also rotary-hoeing the garden bed in preparation for planting their winter vegetables. They are planting cauliflowers, cabbages, radishes, beans and beetroot.