Art of welding requires good eye-hand coordination

Henry Noyola, an instructor at the Texas Vocational School's Welding School, 1921 E. Red River St., demonstrates the pipe beveling machine for students at the school on Thursday. Noyola started at the school as a student and has worked with the program for about 20 years. The school, which has been in Victoria for about 30 years, has a morning and evening session and puts about 60 to 80 new employees into the workforce every year, said Monte Salyer, an instructor at the school.

"There's just some guys that don't do well with books," Salyer said. "They do better with their hands." The school teaches four types of welding in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening. "People think welding is easy, but it's not. It's tough," Salyer said mentioning the hand-eye coordination required.