Students at an Illinois high school are getting some hands-on experience in industrial oven-making as part of the school’s vocational agriculture trades program.
Students at Sherrard High School make metal wall art items in class, which then are sold to raise money for the trades program. Unsatisfied with the results from using commercial spray paint to finish the items, instructor John Rasty decided to add a small powder-coating setup.
When Rasty priced a new industrial oven, bids were $6,000 8,000. After considering the alternatives, according to The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus, Rasty decided to let his vocational agriculture students at build the oven. Materials cost $2,000 and were paid for by the proceeds from craft sales.
According to Rasty, a certified electrician will check the industrial oven before it is used.
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