Skilled welder demonstrates work during visit to Cowley College

April 9, 2019

Skilled welder demonstrates work during visit to Cowley College

Sean Flottmann, who has done fabricating/metal work for the past 20 years and is a skilled welder, recently demonstrated his work with welding students on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City.

Cowley College welding instructor Bob Moffatt worked with Flottmann (aka @dabwellington – Instagram ID) last summer in a collaborative video on Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, or tig, using mirrored stainless steel. Flottmann was able to explain his methods of creating images and getting the material to purposely discolor in a controlled manner using heat and shielding gas. The discoloration allows contrast and detail on the material.

Moffatt stayed in touch with Flottmann and when the two met again in November at Atlanta, GA for the FabTech International Trade Show on welding, Moffatt asked Flottmann if he would be willing to come to Cowley College and do presentations for his classes.

Skilled welder demonstrates work during visit to Cowley CollegeDuring Flottmann’s presentation at Cowley, he created a couple of images. One of the images is of the Cowley Tiger which will be framed and put on display in the Walker Technology Building.

Flottmann works mainly with stainless tig welding.

“The artwork really allowed me to expand my creativity while using what I had learned in production welding as a solid foundation,” Flottmann said. “I have learned more technique and nuances in the past five years than in the collective 15 previous, from working alongside the likes of Bob (Moffatt), and sharing tips and tricks with an ever expanding welder community through various social media platforms.”

Moffatt’s students have been tig welding this semester on a variety of materials using mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum and silicon bronze filler metals.

“It was extremely beneficial to bring in Sean as a guest speaker to reinforce the coursework on this subject,” Moffatt said.