Students to show shop projects at livestock show

HARLINGEN — They’ve been working on the large trailer for less than three months. Now John Scaief, 18, and Richard Hernandez, 17, are almost ready to enter their shop project in the Rio Grand Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“We wanted to do something that would be useful to the agriculture industry,” said John, a senior. Both he and Richard are students at Harlingen High School.

A corn header is a large piece of equipment attached to a combine for harvesting corn, said Todd Cash, ag science teacher at HHS and FFA advisor.

After the corn has been harvested, the combine must be driven down the road to another location.

The header must be removed because it’s too wide, and it’s transported on a header trailer.

Although Richard, a junior, has been welding for awhile, building a header trailer was a whole new experience. This project caused him to push his welding skills to a new level, as it did for John.

“The hardest part was getting the weld, heating the weld for the thickness of the metal,” John said. “We had to turn up the heat.”

Cash explained that when students heat metal, the thickness must be taken into consideration.

For example, they used 1/4 or 3/8 inch thick metal. They had to ensure the proper amount of amperage was set in the welder so it would hold together.

“Its challenges them,” Cash said.

twhitehead@valleystar.com