The President from Tuttle Inc. came to Grand River Welding Institute July 26 to meet with the students and tell them about potential welding jobs.
The 20-week welding school focuses on basic welding techniques, as well as stainless steel welding.
At noon on July 26 students from Grand River Welding Institute flooded the main classroom for lunch and a presentation from Dan Harnly, the President of Tuttle Inc. The presentation mainly focused on the work Tuttle performs and how the students skill sets align with the company.
According to Harnly, education on stainless steel welding is rare.
“There are very few welding schools that focus on stainless steel welding,” Harnly said.
According to Harnly, as much as 65 percent of the welding done at Tuttle is stainless. Tuttle is located in Friend, Neb. and constructs one-off pieces of machinery for various industries.
Harnly says Tuttle is unique.
“We design, do project management, fabrication and install all of our custom systems as one provider,” Harnly said. “We do a lot of cool, strange, weird projects.”
Tuttle has completed projects for food companies, pet food companies, medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies.
According to Eric Adams founder and chief instructor of the welding institute, he wants to give his students many job possibilities.
“We want our students to know there are many opportunities for them,” Adams said. “The skills we’re teaching here co-relate to a lot of different companies.”
Grand River Welding Institute student Dakota Lorton says the education has been exceptional.
“I’ve learned a ton since I’ve been here,” Lorton said. “If you’re thinking about going into welding this is definitely the school to come to.”
Lorton is a member of the inaugural class at the welding institute. Lorton will graduate Aug. 3, but has already been offered jobs ranging from $25 per-hour to $30 per-hour.
Another student graduating in August, Austin Dale, picked up a job application for Tuttle.
“I’ve been in Missouri my whole life, maybe it’s time to see what Nebraska is all about,” Dale said.