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Project Profile: Welding and Manufacturing Facility, Butte College

Butte College doubles the size of its welding, manufacturing program

MaryBeth DiDonna

Project name:Welding and Manufacturing Facility, Butte College
Location: Oroville, CA
Size: 59,525 sq. ft.
Cost: $23 million 
Project team: Slater & Son (construction), JK Architecture & Engineering (architect, engineer)
Completion date: October 2019

Butte College welding manufacturingStudents train in welding and manufacturing skills at Butte College.CREDIT: Butte College

Butte College’s one-of-a-kind welding and manufacturing facility doubles the size of the college’s welding training facility. 

The facility contains four classrooms, two welding labs with a total of 92 welding stations, a dedicated state of the art manufacturing lab, rod storage, tank storage, and a large outdoor laboratory. A rooftop solar system is also part of the design, and robotic arm systems can be utilized by students during their training. The plan is to install enough renewable energy to off-set the added consumption to help prevent additional on-going utility costs to the District. 

Equipment inside Butte College's new welding and manufacturing facilityThe new Welding and Manufacturing facility at Butte College contains four classrooms, two welding labs with a total of 92 welding stations, a dedicated state of the art manufacturing lab, rod storage, tank storage, and a large outdoor laboratory.CREDIT: Butte College

The new building will help Butte will double its annual graduates, from 47 to roughly 92.The college has introduced new certificate programs in Construction and HVAC. The design team has been meeting with MJB Welding to design a unique welding booth that will ensure students are trained on all aspects of the welding industry.

opening of welding manufacturing facilityOpening of Butte College's Welding and Manufacturing Facility.CREDIT: Butte College