Cowley College welding instructor Bob Moffatt recently conducted the first of two Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Boot Camps on June 4-9 in Arkansas City.

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FROM LEFT: Dale Rodriguez, Michael Perry, Steven Barnard, Ben Barnard, Cowley College nondestructive testing graduates Casein Kyriss and Jason Littou, David Waggoner, Harry June, Merritt Caviness, Garrett Ansted, Jesse Silver, and Bob Wasiczko.

The initial Boot Camp teaches the basics of TIG welding, while the second TIG Boot Camp, scheduled for June 19-23, will move into more advanced TIG welding.

The Boot Camps consist of 30 hours of training and housing in the dorms is included.

Moffatt said participants in the first Boot Camp hailed from California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New York, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

After seeing the welding videos Moffatt posted online at, Merritt Caviness traveled seven hours from his home in Iowa to take part in the Boot Camp last week.

“Welding plays a role in both jobs I do as a wind turbine technician and also working on a farm,” Caviness said.

“The Boot Camp has motivated me to keep practicing and focusing on the basics of welding.”

Moffatt said he receives questions on TIG welding from individuals around the world and more than 100,000 subscribers view his content on

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.