Welding students build motorized trike

HAMLET — What do you do for your welding class project? Build yourself some new wheels!

That is exactly what two Richmond Community College students did this semester. Travis Butler and Jason Felts used bicycle, lawn mower, go-cart and other scrap parts to build a trike.

The three-wheel motorized bike has go-cart tires in the rear and a bicycle tire in the front, a handbrake and a throttle. The students — and their instructor and some staff members — recently took it for a test drive in one of the parking lots on campus.

“I have to say I was surprised how well it rides,” said RCC welding instructor Chris Cesaro, who also added that Butler and Felts would be getting an A+ on the class project.

Butler and Felts are in RCC’s Welding Technology diploma program. They put in 64 hours building the trike over the course of four weeks.

RCC offers both a diploma and certificate program in welding. Students learn cutting processes, stick, mig and tig welding in a state-of-the-art, 15-booth welding lab.

Because of the success with the trike, Cesaro said he plans to have his welding students build a motorcycle.

Fall registration

RCC will have registration for fall classes for new students from 2:30-5:45 p.m. on July 9 at the main campus in Hamlet. Students will meet with an advisor and build their class schedule for fall semester. Fall classes begin Aug. 17.

Applications can be completed online at www.richmondcc.edu. For information, call 910-410-1700.