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Welding - MIG I - Sept.
with Michael Johnson
This 36-hour course is for students with no prior or little experience in MIG welding. This course will cover shop safety, trouble-shooting problems, machine settings, basic metal joints and how to weld them. Safety is covered in the first two sessions; math-for-industry tutorial available. If you're enrolling, be sure to complete the following forms:
Chair Seat Weaving
with Susan Reidy
In this informational class, we'll introduce you to the complexities of how to hand weave a caned seat or how to insert a pressed seat. Techniques for weaving fiber rush, flat and half round reed seats will be shown. Pattern samples and techniques used to accomplish a hand woven seat as well as functionalities of weave will be discussed. A demonstration of seat weaving, as well as advice on reparability of chairs will also be covered. As a one night face-to-face class will not be enough time to actually weave a chair seat since the process is quite time consuming even for the experienced weaver, advice will be given to you at this first night in order to begin your project. We will follow this up with three "1-hour Zoom workshop virtual meetings" to assist you with completing it by providing weaving advice, answers to weaving questions, and explaining techniques for preserving your chair. Participants may bring a chair they want to work on at the first face-to-face informational class, and we will provide sources and a list of supplies from which to order the cane, reed, or fiber needed for their chair (the instructor will also make supply suggestions for best results to each participant).
Aerial Lift Training - Sept.
with Brad Costigan
Be in compliance with the changing standards by taking Veterans Safety and Health Consulting LLC’s OSHA Compliant Personal Lift certification class. Learn how to safely and correctly operate aerial lifts and scissor lifts. There are an average of 26 construction worker fatalities each year from lift accidents, often due to operator error or negligence, amounting to as much as 3% of all construction related deaths each year. Reduce YOUR risk of injuries and fatalities with proper OSHA-compliant lift certification. Two separate sessions are offered; choose the one you prefer. Minimum of 10 participants to make this class run.
Machining Basics - Oct.
with Ben Scott
This course is for beginner students. Included is basic machine shop safety, determining speeds and feeds, proper use of dial calipers and micrometers, theory, and basic set up and operations of a milling machine and lathe; math tutorial available. Bring safety glasses and wear reinforced-toe shoes to class. If you're enrolling, be sure to complete the following forms:
Welding - STICK Intro - Oct.
with Gatesy Gates
This 18 hour (SMAW) course provides a basic foundation in welding techniques. Topics will include shop safety, striking an arc and welding flat and horizontal positions. If you want to check out welding as a new skill, this course is for you. Welding gloves, safety glasses, and reinforced toe shoes are required. When enrolling, please complete both of the following:
CNC Machining - Oct.
with Ben Scott
This 21-hour course is designed to help you learn the fundamentals of using a vertical CNC milling machine. Discover how to generate a program using basic G and M codes. It is helpful if you have had some prior machining experience, but newcomers are welcome. Safety glasses and reinforced toe shoes are required. If you're enrolling, be sure to complete the following forms:
Automotive Technology- An Introduction
with Tom Vannah
This 6-week course will give you a basic understanding of your automobile as well as provide a launching pad to affiliated careers or further study at a community college level. We will cover the basic theory and diagnostics of the following topics, aligned to ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) standards: Foundation and Safety, Basic Engine and Auto Transmission Fundamentals/Service, Steering System and Suspension, and Brakes. By completion of class, the student will have a solid understanding of lubrication, fluids, tires, vehicle maintenance, and how systems work. Safety training modules will be addigned to study via website at home prior to the class starting. This is not a bring-in-your-own-vehicle repair class; applied learning will occur in the shop on a demo vehicle. Safety glasses and reinforced-toe footwear is required. If you're enrolling, be sure to complete the following forms:
Food Preservation - Fermentation
with Vina Lindley
Come learn the process of making your own sauerkraut through the wonders of fermentation. This hands-on food preservation workshop taught by UMaine Extension staff will teach you the basic steps for fermenting. Participants who attend all three “food preservation” workshops will get to sample and take home sauerkraut by the end of the series.