Metals Tech keeps equipment in check

The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.

Airman Lily Hernandez, 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, welds a piece of metal at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 6, 2017. The welding shop fabricates various metal projects by utilizing tungsten inert gas welding machines, grinders and plasma cutters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry)

The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.

Airman Lily Hernandez, 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, scrubs a metal part at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 6, 2017. Before welding, metals technology Airmen clean the parts with a wire brush. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry)

The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.

An Airman with the 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section welds a piece of metal at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 6, 2017. During welding, argon gas is sprayed onto the metal in order to protect it from contamination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry)

The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.

An Airman with the 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section changes the temperature on a welding machine at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 6, 2017. The Miller Syncrowave 350 welding machine allows Airmen to make precise, critical bonds when joining metals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry)

The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.

Airman Lily Hernandez, 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, returns welding equipment at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 6, 2017. The 5th MXS welding shop repairs an array of equipment including aircraft and vehicle parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry)

The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.

Airman Lily Hernandez, 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, cleans a piece of equipment at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 6, 2017. The 5th MXS welding shop designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to aircraft systems and support equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry)

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