May 29, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Welding department hosted representatives from Enbridge Energy for a guest lecture and demonstration on April 30.  Students in Zach Caccia’s welding classes and KEC welding students accompanied by College administrators, including President Laurie Borowicz, welcomed Enbridge representatives from the Griffith, Indiana location.

The Kishwakee students were in the Certification Welding Class WT-257 preparing to take their AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Plate welding certification test. Enbridge master welder Dan Morang lectured on common mistakes made in welding and ways to avoid them. He offered technical tips for an uphill butt weld and demonstrated multi-pass welds. Fellow master welder and gauger Dave Losiniecki demonstrated additional techniques on various sized pipes and answered questions. Students were able to practice their welding techniques on a 36” diameter pipe that Enbridge donated for demonstration and practice purposes. The master welders have over 50 years of combined experience.

 “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do for a career but I knew I liked working with my hands,” said Tim Riley, Kish welding student. “I went to KEC as a senior in high school and became interested in welding. I view myself as a craftsman now and enjoy seeing my work put into a real-life situation.” Riley, of Sycamore, was a recent recipient of the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship.

Enbridge Energy is North America’s premier energy infrastructure company with a long history of commitment to educational opportunities. They have made generous monetary and material donations to the College and established the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship through the Kishwaukee College Foundation as a demonstration of their continued support of technical education.

“I recommend people go into the trades,” stated Enbridge apprentice welder Tyler Losiniecki. He cites financial security, career advancement opportunities, and the ability to support a family as key factors in his decision to pursue the trade.

With over 30 years of experience, Morang believes “welding is a dying trade. There’s not enough kids taking up the slack of those retiring from the trade.” The American Welding Society predicts a shortage of over 450,000 skilled welding professionals by 2022. Welders create, design, and build with metal across industries including oil and gas, construction, aerospace, shipbuilding, and electronics, to name a few.

Kishwaukee College offers a one-year basic welding technology certificate that covers Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Oxyfuel, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and print reading in preparation for a Welding Certification. For more information about Kishwaukee College’s welding program, visit www.kish.edu/welding.

For more information on Enbridge Energy, visit www.enbridge.com/.

Photo: Enbridge master welders give guest lecture to Kishwaukee College and Kishwaukee Education Consortium welding students. Pictured: Enbridge master welder Dan Morang demonstrates multi-pass welds to Kish and KEC welding students.

Categories: Welding
April 10, 2018

Kishwaukee College welcomed Enbridge representatives to campus on April 5 to accept a donation of a pipe beveler for the College’s Welding Program.

Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of Career Technologies at Kish, has a working relationship with Enbridge and discussed the possibility of the company donating the pipe beveler. A pipe beveler is specialized equipment to cut metal pipe to prepare the ends for welding with consistent precision. A pipe beveler can also be used to debur the cut ends for safety reasons. The addition of the pipe beveler to the Welding Program will give students hands-on experience with specialized equipment that is integral to pipe-fitting jobs.

Representatives from Enbridge who presented the beveler were John Gauderman, Director Great Lakes Region; David Bareham, Griffith Area Manager; Taylor Smith, Sr. Community Engagement Analyst; Jay Himango, Pipeline Services Supervisor; David Losiniecki, Sr. Welder; and Dan Morang, Sr. Welder.  Accepting the donation from Kish College were Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President; Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the KC Foundation; Dr. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction; Matt Feuerborn, Dean of Career Technologies; Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of Career Technologies; and Zachery Caccia, Assistant Professor of Welding.

After the formal presentation, the welders from Enbridge worked with Zach Caccia to demonstrate the beveler to students in the Welding program, using a 36-inch metal pipe.

Enbridge Inc. is North America’s premier energy infrastructure company with strategic business platforms that include an extensive network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation. The Company safely delivers an average of 2.8 million barrels of crude oil each day through its Mainline and Express Pipeline, and accounts for nearly 68% of U.S.-bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20% of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. serving key supply basins and demand markets. Enbridge also has a growing involvement in electricity infrastructure with interests in more than 2,500 MW of net renewable generating capacity, and an expanding offshore wind portfolio in Europe. The Company has ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past eight years.

Enbridge has a long history of commitment to supporting educational opportunities. The company established the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship at Kishwaukee College several years ago.  The donation of the pipe beveler is a further demonstration of the company’s support of technical education.

For more information on Enbridge visit www.enbridge.com/. For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu.

Pictured with the beveler on a 36-inch pipe are L to R, Zachery Caccia, Assistant Professor of Welding at Kish College; Matt Feuerborn, Dean of Career technologies at Kish; David Bareham, Griffith Area Manager, Enbridge; David Losiniecki, Senior Welder, Enbridge; Dr. Laurie Bororwicz, President of Kishwaukee College; John Gauderman, Director Great Lakes Region, Enbridge; Jamie Dalton, DeKalb, welding student; Dan Morang, Senior Welder, Enbridge; Brock Kreitzer, Sandwich, Welding student; Rep. Bob Pritchard; and Tim Riley, Sycamore, Welding student.

November 17, 2015

Kishwaukee College students in the Welding Technology program under instructor Zach Caccia and Collision Repair Technology program under instructor Greg Brink collaborated to build bike racks for campus. During warmer weather, several students, faculty and staff ride their bicycles to campus. The new bike racks will be placed on campus next year to give the health and environmentally conscious a place to park and lock their bikes. Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of INAM Manufacturing Programs, spearheaded the effort. “This is a great exercise in fabricating to meet a need, just like you would do on the job in the workforce,” he said.  “Students got the experience and the College gets equipment it needs.” The Welding students fabricated the racks and the Collision Repair students painted the racks.  Pictured with one of the bike racks on campus are Mickey Engelhart, Welding student, Sycamore; Zach Caccia, Welding Instructor; Bernie Pupino; and Zach Miller, Welding student, Kirkland. Not pictured are CRT students Dominque Betts, DeKalb, and Eliseo Leon, DeKalb. For more information on the Welding Tech or Collision Repair Tech programs at Kishwaukee College, contact the Career Technologies division at 815-825-2086, ext. 2030. Registration for Spring 2016 at Kishwaukee College is currently in progress. For information on enrollment and registration, contact Admissions, Registration and Records at ext. 2740 or email arr@kishwaukeecollege.edu.