• Boilermakers Local 5 Mentors Welding Students

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 11/5/2018

    om Ryan, from the Boilermakers Local 5 who spoke to Welding and Automotive Maintenance and Repair students today from both ICC and MTC. Mr. Ryan outlined career opportunities within the union and stressed the importance of industry certifications, explaining how earning these credentials will make students more marketable once they are in the workplace.

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  • Academy Students Join Forces to Restore for Police

    Posted by ESBOCES News on 10/1/2018

    Welding, Auto Body, and Auto Technology Classes Assist Community


    The trailer before restoration    The trailer after repairs


    A three-way collaboration among students from different programs at the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology recently resulted in a renovated trailer for the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD). The participating classes included Welding, Auto Body, and Automotive Technology. The Academy is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and there are three Academy locations on Long Island (Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead). This project took place at the Edward J. Milliken Technical Center in Oakdale.


    A student works on the trailer


    SCPD came to the Auto Body class with a trailer in need of repairs, which they planned to use for transporting barriers once it was restored. Welding students designed and custom fabricated the front, sides, and functioning doors on the rear of the trailer based on a picture the police provided, taking raw material and cutting it to size, mocking it up, and then performing all the strategic welds. Auto Body students sand blasted, prepped, and painted the four rims, prepped all the bare surface metal and doors that the welding students had fabricated, and applied primer sealer and high-strength paint to match the SCPD fleet. They also applied decals, name badges, and reflective tape that SCPD supplied. The Auto Technology class installed and tested a new trailer lighting system and performed a health check on the entire trailer, making it clear that the bearings on all four wheels needed to be replaced. They also checked the function of the electric brake system, mounted and balanced new tires.


    A group shot on the trailer


    The Academy and SCPD have worked together before in similar capacities. These collaborations provide students with the opportunity to engage in project-based learning while helping their community. Said Brian LaBarba, Auto Body teacher, “Our students are proud to participate in endeavors that help the police, especially large projects like this that involve classmates from other programs in the school.”

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  • Welding Student Builds, Donates Custom Table to BBP High School

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 2/28/2018

    Skills Learned at Academy Ensure He is Career and College Ready


    Student, teacher, adminstrators and family posing around the coffee table    Student screwing the tabletop to the frame


    Dan Milazzo knows exactly what he wants to do after high school graduation and he has recently put those skills to use to benefit others. Dan, a welding student at the Edward J. Milliken Technical Center in Oakdale (MTC), designed, built, and donated a coffee table for the high school Guidance Department in his home district of Bayport-Blue Point (BBP). Dan is a senior and in his second year of the Welding Program at MTC, part of the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.


    Student carries table frame    Two people carry the tabletop


    Dan attends the Welding Program at MTC for a half day, every day, after he completes his academic classes at BBP. He didn’t hesitate when the BBP administration asked him to fabricate a coffee table for the Guidance Office after seeing items he’s made since beginning the program. The project took approximately three to four weeks to complete, including the design. Dan welded iron I-beams into a base for the table and continued the industrial theme by surrounding the perimeter of the wood-plank tabletop with more iron and rivets. The table also bears a metal plaque, supplied by the district, crediting Dan. His parents and younger brother, along with the principals of both schools, and his welding teacher, all gathered for the presentation in the BBP Guidance Office.


    After graduation, Dan plans to attend Suffolk County Community College while he pursues welding-based employment with the Iron Workers Union, the Steamfitters Union, and the Long Island Rail Road. “Dan put a lot of hard work into this table and many people will benefit from the time he invested into this project,” explained MTC Welding Teacher John Akers. “What’s more, I hope that it will intrigue and inspire other students concerning the numerous career paths there are to follow and that they can begin exploring them while they are still in high school.”

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  • Welding Students Construct Working Grills

    Posted by Academy LI News on 1/31/2018

    Project Concludes with a ‘Grill Your Lunch’ outdoor Bash


    Student with his grill     Close-up of a grill with personalized accents


    Everyone loves to grill. That’s why John Akers, welding teacher at Edward J. Milliken Technical Center, had his students build personal-sized, charcoal grills for their midterm project. This exercise incorporated all the skills students learned during the year up until this point. The welding program is part of the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.


    To execute this multifaceted project, students had to demonstrate mastery of various techniques, which included the following:

    • Reading and following a detailed schematic of the grill that featured drawings from three different angles – top, front, and one side.
    • Calculating the total dimensions given limited information to ensure math skills are on par.
    • Utilizing proper cutting, bending, and welding proficiency when fabricating steel of varying thicknesses, and different materials if using them for accent pieces.


    Student giving a thumbs up and holding a spatula in front of his grill     a shot of the class using their grills outside


    Each student’s steel grill box and lid were essentially identical (12” wide, 8” deep, 10” high), but they had creative license on how to design the legs, the handle, and if they wanted to add a vent or additional accents. Students had approximately four weeks to complete the assignment. The project was finalized one recent afternoon when the class fired up their grills to roast hotdogs and hamburgers. “Making something useful, yet complex, which everyone can take home and share with their families was the highlight of the semester,” said Akers. “This type of project-based learning provides necessary hands-on lessons and keeps enthusiasm levels high.”

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