Six Mid Michigan College welding students, selected based on their performance in current welding courses, recently spent a day learning from Dave Pumford, Lead Welding Supervisor and Inspector at Bandit Industries in Remus.
Bandit Industries builds over 50 different models of hand-fed chippers, stump grinders, whole tree chippers, and related equipment. Bandit opened in 1983 with six employees, and now employs over 400 people.
With over 15 years at Bandit, nearly 30 years of welding experience, and a friendly approach, Pumford is uniquely qualified to share his on-the-job knowledge and skills with students.
Pumford reviewed proper equipment set up, demonstrated welding techniques and how minor equipment setting changes impacts results, and instructed participating students on how to properly construct a battery box for a Bandit Industries hand-fed wood chipper.
“I’m always excited to visit campus and connect with students who are eager to learn how their education will translate to real-world work and a sustainable income in the future,” shared Pumford. “If the battery boxes completed meet quality control standards, Bandit will use them in retail ready equipment.”
“I was glad I was selected to participate and was very interested to see how what we learn in the classroom applies to working in an actual job,” said Jared Bohr of Harrison.
Mid offers two options for students interested in earning a degree in welding. A certificate can be completed in just three semesters, and the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing-Welding associate degree takes just two years and provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the manufacturing field along with specialized welding skills.
The College has state-of-the-art welding labs at both main campus locations, Harrison and Mt. Pleasant, with current technology, equipment, and a hands-on learning focus.
“Preparing students for successful careers is important to all of us at Mid, and learning from industry professionals is just one way we can ensure our students are ready to contribute meaningfully in the workforce,” explained Nick Blackmer, Lead Instructor of Welding at Mid. “Bandit has been and continues to be a valued Mid partner.Through monthly donations of raw materials to sending in their staff to share knowledge with our students, Bandit continues demonstrate its commitment to future generations and the skilled trades.”