On January 25, 2017, Ag students at Smithville High School were exposed to the skill of underwater welding during their classes. Richard Johnston of The Ocean Corporation talked to students about the trade and walked them through the process, letting students weld metal in a tub of water.
Freshman Jeffrey Shotwell, who has welded before, said that the process is “way different than regular welding” saying it was much harder to start the weld.
Mr. Hanson said that the welding is not dangerous; however, the environment is hazardous.
Guest instructor, Mr. Johnson, told the students, “you could be called at 2 a.m. on an oil rig to go to work”. Mr. Johnston told the class that it can be scary. “You go to jump in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and it’s all dark.”