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Friday, December 13, 2002

Orange Coast College welding instructor, Richard Hutchison, has donated a brand new $3,300 CobraMig 260 welding machine to the college's Welding Technology Department.

The CobraMig 260 is made by MK Products of Irvine and is used for welding aluminum and stainless steel. Hutchison entered his name in a drawing for the machine conducted by MK Products on its web site.

"I was absolutely floored when I discovered I'd won the drawing," Hutchison said. "I turned around and donated the machine to the college because I knew it would be put to good use by our students in the Welding Lab."

The machine was delivered to OCC's campus Thursday (Dec. 12). The college's Welding Lab contains 40 welding machines for student use.

A resident of Fountain Valley, Hutchison has been a member of OCC's faculty for four years. He was a steam-fitter welder before joining OCC's staff, and worked for oil refineries, aerospace companies, and for the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in south Orange County.

"MK Products has been extraordinarily supportive of OCC's programs over the years," Hutchison said. "They serve on our department advisory committee, and have offered the college substantial discounts on their welding machines. They also support us with consumable materials. Our students take a field trip to their Irvine plant every semester."

OCC's Welding Technology Program prepares students to receive a certificate or associate in arts degree in welding. It also provides them with the ability to transfer to a four-year college or university. Employment is possible after completion of certain courses.

Two-hundred students enroll each semester in OCC's welding courses. The college offers instruction in arc and oxy-acetylene welding, weld testing, mathematics and science for welding, gas tungsten arc welding, blue print reading, welding specifications and codes, welding metallurgy, and pipe welding.

For information about OCC's Welding Program, phone (714) 432-5820.