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FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — Students at Cape Fear Community College got to put their classroom skills to the test today.

Students in the Industrial Systems Technology program gathered at Fort Fisher to inspect the condition of a cannon used in historical reenactments. The students tested for cracks in the cannon, but they did it without tearing it apart.

Department head Joe Justice says he experience is beneficial for the students.

“It’s going to give them an actual in-field experience to use this equipment rather than at the lab at the school,” Justice said.

Justice says non-destructive testing offers a fast, cheap and relatively simple way to inspect, and it can be used in a variety of industries. Because the technology is so widely used, knowing this information will make his students more marketable.

And the good news today: no cracks in the cannon.

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