Sheriff’s department reclaims armored vehicle modified by LIT drafting, welding students
BEAUMONT – For two semesters, Lamar Institute of Technology computer drafting and welding students have brainstormed, designed and fabricated modifications for the Jefferson County Sheriff Department’s newly acquired armored personnel carrier.
On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Institute returned the customized vehicle to the sheriff’s department at a news conference
in front of the Beeson Building on the campus of LIT.
The project began in the spring 2011 semester when Rod Carroll, the information officer for the sheriff’s department, approached LIT with a proposal: He wanted programs to conceive, design and manufacture additions to the APC – a battering ram, a shield, an injured personnel carrier, specified handholds, and light shields on top of the vehicle.
The project fit well into the curricula of the computer drafting technology and welding technology departments.
Pat O’Connor, chair for the Department of Technology, divided his Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting class into three teams. Each member of each team developed a design for one of the modifications. The teams then presented their designs to Sheriff Mitch Woods and his colleagues in March.
After the sheriff’s department considered all the ideas and selected the ones that best suited their purposes, the drawings were fabricated and then welded onto the carrier by students in the welding technology program.
The finishing touches were applied in mid-November, and the vehicle, now suited more for the department’s needs, will be the sole of its kind south of Nacogdoches and east of Houston.