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2015-2016

 

February 3, 2016

 

Cowley grad returns to film segment for web show

 

weldingWyatt Swaim can trace his career in welding back to his time as a student in Arkansas City Junior College’s industrial technology program. That experience started him on a path that has watched him work on NASA’s space shuttle, Indy Series cars, and track side welding for NASCAR and Indy 500 races.


“Cowley was the beginning for me,” Swaim said. “I was pleased with the College when I was a student and it has only gotten better.”


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 for the second time in the past few years to film a segment for his web show TIG TIME that airs on Weld.com and 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 guest columnist for the website.


TIG TIME is usually filmed in a studio in Pittsburgh, PA, so it was exciting to have Swaim and his film crew return to the Cowley campus.
The videos are intended to show various techniques of Tig welding on many different types of materials. The techniques shown often fit a wide array of industry from shop fabrication, oil and gas industry, agriculture and motor sports.


Bob Moffatt, Cowley College’s welding instructor, has known Swaim since 1997. Moffatt said the videos shot at Cowley included metal identification, brazing exercise for hand eye coordination, techniques in pipe welding and methods of making quality welds.


“It is always a treat to have the Weld.com crew come in and support the welding program at Cowley College,” Moffatt 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) and Motorsports teams. 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.


Helping with the video shoot on Thursday was Chip Cable, Jr., founder of Weld.com. A new video of TIG TIME is posted on youtube.com and Weld.com each Friday.


Pictured, from left, Christian Calvo, Jacob Dykstra, Caleb White, Wyatt Swaim, Cody Dennis, Kyle Swisher, Lane Bruce, Toby Beeman, Blake Miller, and Bob Moffatt.