Welding Techniques students work on LAV monuments to honour veterans

Welding Techniques students work on LAV monuments to honour veterans


We got involved with this project about a
year and a half ago when Canada Company GDLS-C Militex got together and decided to
start building these things as monuments to Afghan veterans. This project is really high profile. We’ve had the units out to different photo ops. They’ve been to Ottawa
a couple of times to the war museum they’ve been in parades in Kitchener-
Waterloo for Oktoberfest. It’s been really highly visible and well supported
by the community. One of the program coordinators from St. Thomas campus came into our classroom and asked us if anyone would be interested in working with you know LAV’s light armored vehicles. Basically it just involved a criminal record check
because this place is pretty high security. The units that we get to work on have
been demilitarized. All of the military aspects of them have been removed. There are no engines, no drivetrains and
where our project is meant to seal up all the external holes in the hulls and
make them look like they used to look in their former lives in
Afghanistan. So start to finish it comes as a shell, all the extra stuff is stripped off, And all the holes we kind of start filling holes, capping them. Welding all the patches on. Welding the suspension solid. All that kind of stuff. Just basically so you can’t get into it
and watertight. And this is pretty different. The welders we’re using are more of an
industrial type of welder but the strange angles and strange shapes that we’re having to fit in definitely good practice for down the road. I was kind of asked to do it and I said gladly, my grandfather was a world war two veteran, so I kinda
have a lot to do with this kind of stuff and I love it it’s a good opportunity. It seemed like a poignant book end to the idea that the units were designed
and built in London they’re finished in London and they’re refitted in London and
now they’re finally refitted as monuments by Fanshawe students in London. The LAV III Monument Project – Providing Canadian communities with a permanent way to honour our troops. Logo: Militex Logo :General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada Logo:Canada Company Logo : Fanshawe

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