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Art of welding requires good eye-hand coordination

Dec. 12, 2013 at 6:12 a.m.

Edgar Cuevas, left, sweeps up as Todd Snook finishes his welding on Thursday at the Texas Vocational School's Welding School, 1921 E. Red River St. Snook, 53, said he has been a carpenter for about 25 years and joined the program to add to his skill set and possibly get a job in the oil field. Monte Salyer, an instructor at the school, said the school serves those who want to learn a trade instead of a getting a traditional post-high school education. "There's just some guys that don't do well with books," he said. "They do better with their hands." The school teaches four types of welding in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. "People think welding is easy, but it's not. It's tough," he said, noting the required hand-eye coordination.

Henry Noyola, an instructor at the Texas Vocational School's Welding School, 1921 E. Red River St., demonstrates the pipe beveling machine for students at the school on Thursday. Noyola started at the school as a student and has worked with the program for about 20 years. The school, which has been in Victoria for about 30 years, has a morning and evening session and puts about 60 to 80 new employees into the workforce every year, said Monte Salyer, an instructor at the school.

"There's just some guys that don't do well with books," Salyer said. "They do better with their hands." The school teaches four types of welding in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. "People think welding is easy, but it's not. It's tough," Salyer said mentioning the hand-eye coordination required.

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