Student Spotlight: Matthew McPhillips, Welding Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Hatboro-MattMcPhillipsHorsham High School Senior, Matthew McPhillips, currently has a paid internship as a welder at Revtur Welding Co. in Warminster – an opportunity made possible through his program at EASTERN.

Matthew is a second-year Welding Technology student who was fortunate enouth to work full-time at Revtur over the summer on the recommendation of his EASTERN Welding Technology instructor. Now on internship, Matthew works Tuesday through Friday at Revtur Welding Co. during the hours when he would normally be at EASTERN, and reports to EASTERN every Monday.

On Mondays, he works on his skills for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam, and he participates in projects that the other students are working on to help fine-tune his welding skills. NOCTI is the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical (CTE) programs across the nation.

Matthew chose to attend EASTERN’s Welding Technology program after visiting the school while in 10th grade. Before attending, he already knew several students in the Welding Technology program who were working part-time in the field and making good money.

“Welding Technology is a great program,” said Matthew. “It can get ¬†you started on the right path to a rewarding career with great pay. There are always jobs in this field — especially in this area.”

EASTERN’s Welding Technology program is designed for the student who is interested in the industrial engineering field. Career objectives include Combination Welder, Welder/Fabricator, MIG Welding, and Gas Welding & Cutting.

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