Kay, a welder in work experience training with the City of Minot, was in kindergarten when he was paralyzed in a car accident. His dream to become a welder in a mechanics shop might have been dashed but for the help and ingenuity of instructors at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.
Many fabrication welding tasks require standing to be able to reach equipment or work on machines. Faculty at the college created a wheelchair with a lift mechanism that enables Kay to stand to perform a job. The chair designed especially for Kay was the subject of an article published in the September issue of the Welding Journal.
Jordan Kay shows off the stand-up wheelchair Sept. 2 that he uses to accomplish certain welding assignments at his job with the City of Minot.