As the program director for welding and machining at Cowley College, Bob Kean mentors and teaches adjunct welding instructors. The Cowley College welding program is one of the largest in the nation, and it is growing each year. In the first year, Moffatt was only a part-time instructor and was sick of layoffs. Today, he has been at the college for 26 years and has taught more than 200 students in welding.
Sean Flottmann, a welding expert, recently demonstrated his welding skills to students at Cowley College. Last summer, he worked with welding instructor Bob Moffatt. They discussed the art of welding, including how to create images by getting materials to purposefully discolor. This allows for more contrast and detail in the finished work.
Robert “Bob” Moffatt
The life of Robert “Bob” Moffat was shaped by hard work and self-reliance. He was born in LaRiviere, MB and was one of seven children. The small town was nestled in the Pembina Valley surrounded by farmland. His father worked in a lumber mill and his grandfather operated a gas station. As a young man, Moffatt began looking for work on the railway. His brother Archie encouraged him to head east and work for him. Then, he was hired by Steep Rock Iron Mines.
In addition to his work as a welder, Bob was an active member of many charities. He was a Lifetime Meritorious Member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canadian Institute of Mining. He was also a charter member of the Atikokan Kiwanis Club and the Atikokan Conservation Club. He was also a long-time member of United Commercial Travelers. He had a passion for sports and was involved with many community projects in his hometown.
As an Army veteran, Joe Kean first discovered his love for welding. While serving in Iraq, he met several welders and was inspired to learn more about the craft. After returning home, he found employment doing heavy equipment and tooling repair at a local quarry. Later, he decided to start his own business, building egress covers and handrails. He later took welding classes at WSU Tech in Wichita, Kan.
As an adjunct welding instructor, you’ll need to make sure you’re a good fit for the program. Some schools have mentorship programs, which pair new adjunct instructors with an experienced instructor. While a successful welding career will help, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a great instructor. You’ll need to be able to explain the basic fundamentals of welding to your students. Sometimes, instructors overlook little details that can lead to a successful welding career.