Before spring graduation, Kaskaskia College welding student Aaron Mercado of New Baden built eight pairs of hand railings for the Centralia Cultural Society. Mercado completed the project using the College’s new Vectis Collaborative welding robot. The new welder, purchased through Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) funds, is a fully integrated ready-to-weld system. The user programs in the location, welds needed and monitors the unit’s progress through a hand-held tablet. New Metal Fab of Centralia donated the metal for the railings.
Pictured above, KC Welding Professor Cory Wellen (R) works with student Aaron Mercado to program the College’s new Vectis Collaborative welding robot to weld handrails for the Centralia Cultural Society.
Pictured below, KC Welding student Aaron Mercado monitors the Vectis Collaborative welding robot as it completes weld on one of the handrails prepared for the Centralia Cultural Society.