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Zach Burgess - welder By Zach Burgess


fter I graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High school, I moved out to Eastern Kentucky for college, with every intention of majoring in broadcast media and playing college football. I ended up returning home after a less than stellar year and tried my luck at a community college. Unfortunately, that too went poorly. I could never get interested in any of my classes and honestly never gave it any real effort. Three years went by before a good friend of mine, and now graduate, started talking about Georgia Trade School, and I knew that it was where I wanted to be. My best advice for any prospective welder would be to be dedicated and driven every day. Take in as much information as you can. Ask questions and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Burn it till you learn it! Georgia Trade School changed my life in many ways and really has made me what I can only hope is a much better person. Instructor James Spinner stood by my side through my good welding days and my bad. From him and the other instructors I learned patience and humility, not only when welding but just in general. The school gave me all the tools to do whatever I put my mind to and they drove me every day to be better than the day before. I ended up getting a job with a small company called Apex Welding right out of school, and it’s been amazing since day one. It’s been a little bit of everything. From running pipe at CKS, a company that produces many of the plastic bottles we use every day, to a little bit of work for Lockheed Martin. Throughout this year, most of our time will be spent at CKS in some of their new warehouses but we will also be running all the welded pipe for Georgia 18

Southern university's new football field house. Needless to say we'll have our

hands full, but I have no doubt that we can handle it! v

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