MCHS Engineering program gets creative

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By Trinity Martin

Staff

Morgan County High School’s engineering program continues to amaze the community with their skills and donations of service.

Engineering teacher, Brian Johnson, has used his two years as an educator to teach students real world skills they will need in the engineering field. Some of these skills include, designing and operating equipment. 

When MCHS had a need for metal signs in certain areas of the school, Johnson was quick to sign his class up to take on the project. The engineering lab at the high school has a plasma cutter, which is able to cut metal into detailed and precise shapes and words. The process of making a sign includes cutting the metal, grinding harsh edges and surfaces, then painting and sealing.

“All the work we are doing is done by students,” Johnson said. “Every time we came up with something different students said, ‘Hey I can do that.’”

Specifically one student, Junior Riley Gerber, has put much of his time and energy into helping with the projects.

“I’m grateful that I’ve had the ability to make signs for the school, because it lets me do what I love to do and it benefits everyone,” Gerber said. “I learn trade skills and then get a product.”

So far, the engineering class has produced almost 10 signs you can see around the school. In the first week of class, students have already jumped into another project for the school’s field house. 

Soon, you will see a big Morgan “M” sign hanging from the building. MCHS’s engineering program has been able to impress with their abilities, but the class is more than just a workshop.

“The joy I get out of being the type of teacher I am is amazing,” Johnson said. “I lived this for 22 years in the engineering field, it’s nice to be able to have students say, “hey I want to learn it.’”

Johnson has been able to inspire and make an impact on his students that will help carry them through the rest of their life. “Mr. Johnson has played a huge role. Without him I wouldn’t be able to do any of the things I do,” Gerber said. “To the school and Mr. Johnson, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities given to me, and especially to Mr. Johnson, I’m grateful for the lessons you taught me, and the skills you gave me.”

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