Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2018 Welding Technology/Hatboro-Horsham High School graduate, Dan Kistner, never imagined that his welding education would take him to international locations. For the past several months, Kistner has been working as a welder/fabricator at Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) based out of Southampton. He recently returned from a welding project in Dubai through ETC. He will return to Dubai in late summer to complete the project.
While in 8th grade, Kistner visited EASTERN during an 8th grade trip with Hatboro-Horsham – which was his first introduction to welding as a career field. Prior to enrolling in Welding Technology as a junior in high school, Kistner accepted a summer job where he was able to shadow a welder. After the visit to EASTERN and learning more about welding at his summer job – he knew this was the right career field for him.
Prior to his position at ETC, Kistner, worked at AJ Kane Incorporated, where he worked after-school during his senior year. At EASTERN’s Awards Night in May 2018, Kistner was awarded the Catherman Welding Technology, Hatboro Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of Hatboro Scholarship awards. He was able to use these funds to purchase upgraded tools and welding gear.
Kistner enjoys working on different projects and using different welding processes. He feels as though he gained all of the welding knowledge he needed to obtain a good job and build a career in the field during his time at EASTERN. He hopes for continued success with his current company and to keep traveling and experiencing the world while he is young.
“There is a lot of work out there in the skilled trades – more than most industries,” said Kistner. “Many of these skills can take you to different parts of the world. EASTERN offers students a chance to get a head start on career preparation while still in high school.”
Welding Technology at EASTERN is designed for the student who is interested in the industrial engineering, advanced manufacturing, and construction fields. Students will learn about the properties of different types of metals and how to join them using state-of-the-art welding equipment. For more information, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/wld/.