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Davis Tech Welding program at Morgan High School creates a Texas-style smoker

07/14/2022 | Spotlight

Davis Tech Welding program at Morgan High School creates a Texas-style smoker


Located in the small town of Morgan, Utah, seven of the most advanced students from Morgan High School taking our Welding program course had the opportunity to work with a member of the community for a final project. As a farming town, previous projects have consisted mostly of cattle trailers.

Robert Kilmer, CTE director at Morgan High School, came up with the idea to convert a decommissioned 250-gallon propane tank into a Texas-style smoker. Filling the role of a "customer," Kilmer provided the materials for the project and was encouraged to collaborate with the students to provide honest feedback of the progress on his smoker. Students would also ask questions of Kilmer to make sure they understood the expectations of the build. 

"Once we received the materials and did the research, we built the smoker in about 50 hours," said Welding Technology instructor Scott Quealy. "The layout and fabrication of the propane tank were great and a new challenge for the students."

Quealy believes that the opportunity for his students to have that real-world interaction on a project is the best way to learn. Quealy also recognized the community support and pride in the projects that are completed by the students at Morgan High School.

The Davis Tech Welding students who worked on the smoker were Jaxon McCullough, Carson Slate, Dustin Stokes, Bridger Nichols, Tristan Buttler, Maddox Rasband, and Wyatt Carpenter.