April 27, 2012
Mister TIG films segment for web show at Cowley�s main campus
Whether he is working on NASA’s space shuttle, an Indy Series car, or helping with NASCAR, Wyatt Swaim can trace his career in welding back to his time as a student in Arkansas City Junior College’s industrial technology program.
Swaim attended Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College) from 1971-1973 and is a graduate of the school’s IT program. With over 30 years of experience, Swaim is known throughout the world as a leading expert in the TIG Welding Industry.
After spending 35 years residing in California, Swaim moved back to his family’s property in Geuda Springs. He made the trip back to the Ark City campus to film a segment for his web show TIG Time that airs on www.Weld.com and www.youtube.com. Along with starring in the weekly series of "how to" videos on everything there is to know about TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas or Gas Tungsten Arc) welding, Swaim also serves as a monthly guest columnist for the website.
Bob Moffatt, Cowley College’s Career and Technical Education Department Chair, has known Swaim since 1997 and was recently asked by Swaim what he was teaching his welding students.
“I informed him that we are involved in GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc welding) pipe welding as it relates to high pressure petro-chemical or nuclear codes,” Moffatt said. “This welding process is usually related to 100% x-ray quality work with very minute flaws allowed in the technique and workmanship. Typically, persons involved in this type of welding can earn around 28 to 45 dollars per hour base pay.”
TIG TIME is usually filmed in a studio in Pittsburgh, PA, so it was a rare treat to have Swaim and his film crew on the Cowley campus.
“We wanted to do some onsite filming at Cowley because they have a great (welding) program and I saw it as a way to get a plug for my alma mater,” Swaim said.
Swaim, who attended Oxford High School, founded Hi-Tech Welding Services Inc. in 1986, developing a complete production facility geared towards providing the highest level of welding, R&D, welding engineering, and metallurgy to high technology industries. This facility includes TIG, Plasma and Electron Beam Welding, as well as Non-Destructive Testing, X-Ray and Penetrant Inspection.
The author of a number of articles on high technology welding, today, Swaim consults for The Lincoln Electric Company, and is dedicated to training others to the level of Aerospace TIG Welding.
Known throughout the industry as "Mister TIG™", Swaim conducts advanced training seminars for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Motorsports teams, and is part of the trackside welding team at the Indy 500. He has done IRL and CART race welding throughout the United States and Brazil, and regularly demonstrates TIG Welding at the AWS Show, the Essen Welding Show in Germany, and the Canadian Welding Show.
He is the independent welding consultant for www.tigdepot.net, which offers numerous TIG welding products.
He realized TIG welding was the career path he wanted to pursue while as a student at ACJC.
“I knew that was the way to go, I just did not know it would grow the way it would,” Swaim said.
Helping with the video shoot on Thursday were, Todd Clouser, marketing and social media specialist for www.Weld.com; Chip Cable, Jr., founder of www.Weld.com; and Norm Sted, vice president of sales and marketing for www.Weld.com.
A new video of TIG TIME is posted on www.youtube.com and www.Weld.com each Friday at 4 p.m.
“I feel it was an honor to have the Weld.com crew come in and feature Cowley College for one of its educational video segments on the GTAW pipe welding process currently being taught here,” Moffatt said.
Sted mentioned www.weld.com launched in Nov. 2011 and has continued to grow over the past six months.
“We are constantly changing by the needs of the customers,” said Sted. “We are there to serve any individual, from the home-hobbyist to the 30-year veteran (of welding).”