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Arguello passes on welding knowledge to LCC students

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By Jesse Gallegos

Luna Community College

At this point of his career Arturo Arguello wants to pass on his skills and knowledge to his students. It’s as simple as that.

After working nearly 30 years as certified pipeline welder in Dalhart, Texas, the native of Yates, N.M., a little village outside of Roy, decided to come back home and pass on his knowledge to beginners.

Arguello is currently teaching two general welding classes in LCC’s Springer Satellite.

“I love my students,” says Arguello. “I love giving them my wisdom. When you die, your skin goes cold, your wisdom goes with you. Nothing makes me prouder than to see a student learn.”

Arguello has been welding since he was 18 years old and has learned quite a bit in the field.

“I remember being a rookie working with gas companies and my boss would tell me I was better than other veteran employees,” says Arguello. “I always wanted to learn. I made up my mind at a young age that I wanted to do things right. My theory is when I build something it has to be done right and if it suits me, it will suit other people.”

Arguello is the father of  three daughters and one son. His wife of 47 years passed away in 2004.

“I wanted to come back to God’s country,” says Arguello. “New Mexico to me is like heaven.”

One of his students,  Michael Anderson,  received his American Welders Society certification in welding.

“To me the Luna Community College Satellite in Springer is important,” said Arguello. “Word of mouth is getting out that they like the instructor. I hope they never close this satellite down, it’s so important to so many students. The people here need this college.”

His students are from Cimarron, Maxwell, Springer and Wagon Mound.
Arguello says he uses an old-school approach to his teaching.

“My thought is my students learn more by being in the welding shop,” says Arguello. “Students don’t learn as much when they are behind the desk. I learned more by experience instead of reading. I do teach theory as well, students need to know the rights and wrongs.”

Arguello says that teaching welding for Luna Community College is something he wants to do for a long time.

“I want to teach here until I die or can’t teach any more,” he says. “As long as I can motivate I will be teaching. This has been a dream to pass on my wisdom.”