Newport News Opens O n e - H a l f Acre School To Train Welders

The nation's most modern training facility for welders was recently opened at Tenneco's Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.

The half-acre school, specifically designed for welding training, contains 140 stations, including two stations in a clean-room environment for training in nuclear welding, 96 for stick welding, 12 for semi-automatic welding, 18 for pipe welding, eight for carbon arc cutting, and six for training individuals in acetylene and propane burning.

The school also features X-ray equipment for testing welds and classroom space for facets of welding best taught by blackboard training.

Currently, the enrollment is 420 trainees, with a total of 60 instructors working three full shifts.

The school is located in the shipyard's newly completed 150- acre Commercial Yard, which features an 11-acre all-weather steel production facility capable of processing 200,000 tons of steel annually, the Western Hemisphere's longest drydock at 1,600 feet, and a 900-ton gantry crane.

Currently under construction or on order at the new yard are three liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and three ultra large c r u d e c a r r i e r s (ULCCs). The world's largest shipyard also has under construction or on contract 14 vessels for the United States Navy.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 17,  May 1977

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