Daulton graduated from high school at the age of 17 years old and plans to become a Certified Welder. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the PSAV certificate program at South Florida State College in Avon Park will not start until spring 2021, at the earliest. This challenge has not derailed Daulton from his plan to become a certified welder. Daulton requested that his OJT’s be as a welder’s helper so he could explore some basic skills around welding, while eagerly waiting for the PSAV certificate program to start. Daulton is currently doing an OJT at Patterson Welding located in Zolfo Springs, Florida. During his initial contact with Keith Patterson (owner/manager), Daulton was reserved but very excited about the OJT experience. Daulton has been assisting staff with the daily operations of the welding shop under the supervision of Keith Patterson. He has also been observing the staff cutting, designing, and using high heat equipment to fuse metals together. Daulton mentioned that he is already welding, driving a forklift, plus much more.
Daulton stated, “I love training at Patterson Welding.” and “I enjoy the fabricating part of welding.” Daulton reported that he welded a helmet from scrap metal which he plans to wear as part of his Halloween costume. Daulton said, “I am having fun with the OJT experience of my choice.” Not only is Daulton enjoying this OJT opportunity, but the staff from Patterson Welding enjoys Daulton’s creativity and enthusiasm. Daulton’s parents also are very happy about this OJT experience and stated that he is more confident and less reserved when asking any training questions. Daulton’s mother (Corina) told ES, “I would recommend the OJT program 100% because of the employment skills and welding skills that Daulton is learning.” Great Job Daulton! We know you will continue to persevere no matter what challenges lie ahead of you.