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EASTERN Alum Spotlight: Scott Horan, Welding Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud of our graduates. Today, we are honored to feature Scott Horan, an EASTERN 2020 Welding Technology/Upper Moreland High School graduate, who is a Welding Robot Technician at Toggle Construction. He returned to EASTERN on March 22 to speak with the current Welding Technology class about his career pathway and experiences.

Horan attended Upper Moreland High School, which is across the street from EASTERN.  At Upper Moreland, he heard about the career and technical programs offered at EASTERN, but Welding Technology stood out to him with its high starting wages and the different career paths in which it prepares students. During his senior year at EASTERN, he began a paid internship at Revtur Welding.  Due to Horan’s professional demeanor, he was often chosen by his Welding Technology instructor, Meghan Cicchino, to conduct demonstrations during recruitment events.  A leader in his class, he was also selected as EASTERN’s April 2020 Student of the Month.

After graduation, Horan followed his passion for cars and went to work in the exhaust industry for AWE Tuning where he learned CNC and robotics skills. These skills, along with his welding experience made him a great candidate for his current position at Toggle Construction. His future career goals include full-time employment in the metal industry and becoming fully certified in his role.  He also plans to eventually start a successful business of his own.

“EASTERN helped me by showing me how to weld and giving me certifications and tools to assist me, and also I learned how to be the best person I can be,” said Horan.  “I was taught how to reflect on myself through my tasks and work. My advice to Welding Technology students at EASTERN IS to keep in mind welding is much more than just sticking metal together.  It can take a lot of other tools and skills to achieve the goals a welder has. Also, learn how to be the best person you can be, not only be the best welder but the best employee and friend to people in the industry. Good relationships can take you to jobs you never thought you’d be able to land. And my last piece of advice, do more than you think you need to do. Push for the best weld you can get even if it takes 20 more tries.”