20 Years of Public and Private Metal Instruction.
We started our Instructional courses in 1995, when we were invited to do a 3-Day training at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA. Delta brought in their top instructors and mechanics from all over the US to learn to make 747 cargo door skins using the English Wheel (Wheeling machine). For three days I teamed these men in alternating pairs, and competed them against each other to make these skins. In the end they had one complete skin - which was immediately installed by the waiting line mechanics, and we also had two more skins that only needed finishing touches. The completion times went from 2.5 hours to make one skin to just 45 minutes after making their first 4 skins. Time savings over waiting 90 days for manufacturer backorders along with financial savings on parts made this 3-Day Training a very good decision for them. And the men told me they were very pleased with both the instruction and the additional experience. – Kent
See photos below.
P.S. During this Training I was aware of many different people watching the class at different times. At the end of the course I asked what that was all about and was told that many retired guys came in to watch the first-ever outside contractor Delta had ever hired, since at that time they could still make a complete DC3 from scratch.
Over the past 20 years we have provided on-site trainings and consultations for many companies, and have had many companies send their craftsmen to us for trainings:
Delta Airlines (DAL)
AMF, Air Metal Fabricators
BF Goodrich Aerospace (Rohr)
UPS Air Cargo
Red Bull Air Racing
Sierra Industries/ Southwest Aerospace Technologies
Edwards Air Force Base
Beale Air Force Base
Vintage Car Works
Flyboys AeroWorks (and more I can’t remember)
Among our students over the years have been many aviation and automotive instructors, with sometimes as many as five in one workshop. Because Kent asks for feedback and because he uses the feedback he receives, the TM Technologies workshops have become highly regarded among technical schools and colleges around the US. And somehow along the way Kent also became a certified Boeing sheet metal instructor.
Are you interested in learning more about metal forming, and receiving individual attention and hands-on instruction?Would you like to spend a couple of days in a production metalworking shop in the pine and oak covered foothills of California's beautiful Sierra Nevadas? If this appeals to you, we have workshops that can't be beat. Most workshops are conducted at Kent's shop outside the historic gold-rush town of Nevada City, California. Workshops can also be scheduled at your facility.
We offer trainings and consultations for:
• Commercial & Private Aviation
• Automotive Professionals
• Art Metal & Sculpture
Expanded facility with more machines to serve the student. Current workshops have three Air Hammers, three Wheels, one Pullmax, and five welding stations. E-mail us or call (530) 292-3506 for more information.
I attended your METALWORKING INTENSIVE in Nov. 05 and bought the Meco torch from you at that time. I hadn't had the chance to use it much since completing the class until last week when it really saved the day.
My neighbor repairs cars and managed to drop a cast aluminum automatic transmission from an Acura Integra onto the concrete, putting several cracks and a puncture wound in the lower case. He couldn't find one in a junkyard so he called the Acura dealer to find out what a replacement case would cost and the parts guy just said, "you don't want to know".
Anyway, since the transmission was basically scrap I thought I'd first try and repair it using my $$$ Miller Dynasty Tig; because I had more time in using a Tig machine than the Meco. The problem with the Tig was that the transmission fluid would be drawn from inside the transmission into the weld and contaminate it.
Soooo, out comes the Meco, your flux, and some 4043 Tig rod; 30 minutes later it looks absolutly perfect (yes, I did a little grinding since I'm not as good as you). Better yet NO leaks, which is a challenge with Tig in perfect conditions as you already know. I guess word travels fast because I've had two other people call me with cracked aluminum transmissions that no one else seems to be able to weld up without a complete teardown and steam clean.
Anyway, none of this could have happened without your great class and proven tools. Thanks again."
3-Day training at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA in 1995