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.”