Students of Shelbyville High School welding-manufacturing class wanted to show appreciation to the local fire district, so they used a new piece of equipment to create a special sign.
“It was a good opportunity for us to recognize a tremendous asset in our community,” said instructor Greg Reynolds. “Where would we be without our fire department?”
Reynolds and two of his students, Briare Hinton and Cale Atkinson, presented the metal sign to the department. The sign was on display at last weekend’s Fire Department Steak Fry.
“It’s really nice. We got a lot of compliments on it at the steak fry,” said Fire Chief Gary Lynch.
The sign is made of 1/8 inch metal and fastened to a wooden platform. The metal and design were cut using a CNC (computer numerical control) plasma cutter using a design developed on autoCAD software.
“It took about two days, several hours, to create the design,” said Atkinson. “Then I taught Briare how to cut it.”
The plasma cutter is a new piece of equipment in the industrial arts department. Atkinson, who graduated from Shelbyville High School in May, is taking that skill toward his engineering degree.
“With this kind of hands-on skill, students are coming out of high school heads and shoulders above others in the manufacturing fields. They can walk right into jobs,” Reynolds said. “This skill will help bring manufacturing back in this area. There’s a big incentive for it.”
“The administration, (Superintendent) Mrs. Bence and (principal) Mr. Stuart, has been tremendously supportive in getting the plasma cutter and the class,” Reynolds said. “We thank them.”
The fire department has requested additional signs from the class, which Reynolds said the class will create. With the design already in the system, most of the work is already done.