Name: Pete Barlow
Position: Instructor, Metal Trades
Mr. Barlow has been teaching in the Metal Trades program for over 17 years. He graduated from Central Maine Vocational Technology Institute and went on to work for six years in the Metal Trades industry before beginning his career in education. Mr. Barlow continually takes coursework to further his education in areas that interest him. Some of Mr. Barlow's thoughts about the Metal Trades program and industry follow:
What is your teaching philosophy? Students need a safe, structured, and friendly environment to allow for learning.
What are your thoughts about the Metal Trades industry and job potential: The job market for mechanical trades continues to grow. There are a variety of jobs in the areas of fabrication and construction, and the potential for travel.
What character traits does it take to be successful in the Metal Trades industry?
- Strong work ethic
- Problem solving
- Work well with others
What type of curriculum do you cover in the Metal Trades porgram: We cover core skills that may be applied to a variety of trades during the first year. The second year students may focus an a specific craft or skill. Year 1 - Safety, measurement, layout, print reading, machine operation, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Year 2 – Print reading, machine set-ups, advanced tooling and operations, CAD/CAM/CNC, programming, GMAW, and TMAW welding.
What do you feel students enjoy in your course/makes a significant impact on them? The opportunity to work in a “shop” atmosphere.