Live underwater welding demonstration planned at Aiken Tech | Education

Aiken Technical College’s student chapter of the American Welding Society will hold a live underwater welding demonstration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing, the 1700 building.

The presenter and demonstrator for the event is Jim Lamirande, an associate professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Kentucky. He also is a welding specialist with North America Production Support Center of Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Kentucky, teaching in the tool and die welding, stamping and plastic department.

He is a certified PADI and SSI scuba diver, and he attended training for commercial diving and weld inspection with the Ocean Corporation in Houston, Texas.

Lamirande is the president of the American Welding Society Lexington Section 181 and a U.S. Navy veteran.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person and free for ages 12 and under. Proceeds sill benefit ATC’s student chapter of the American Welding Society.

To register to attend, contact Shawn McClanahan at 803-508-7356 or

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