SAE students participate in welding training at Praxair

Students from SAE learned gas metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding techniques at the Praxair Technology Center’s metal fabrication laboratory.


Inspired after talking with members of UB’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at a recent event, Mike Sinicropi, director of global market development for metal fabrication at Praxair and a member of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Dean’s Advisory Council, wanted to find a way to help the club.

So in early December 2015, seven students visited Praxair Technology Center’s metal fabrication laboratory for a one-day training session on gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding.

“The training gave us great insight into the industrial side of welding as opposed to our ‘self-taught’ hobby welding,” said Spencer Heyden, president of SAE. “The techniques we learned will help us produce reliable and clean welds, which are key elements for both our snowmobile and Baja vehicles.”

“We hope the skills they learned in this training will help them do even better in next year’s competitions,” Sinicropi said.

Sinicropi coordinated the training session with Heyden and Jeremy Neff, senior R&D manager for metal fabrication at Praxair. Praxair technologists Tom Matecki and Ken Jozwiak conducted the training.

Praxair was named the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Corporate Partner of the Year in 2015.