Meet your HazardFactory Instructors:

2013-01-21Rusty Oliver

Proprietor & “Chief Executive Lunatic” of the HazardFactory where all kinds of crazy and slightly dangerous things go on.  He hosts Power Tool Drag Races as well as a sport he invented called Flaming Tetherball.

Rusty is an artist and instructor with twenty years of professional welding experience. He is certified for Structural Unlimited welding, and runs a high-end fabrication business. Rusty welds and works every conventional metal and has taught casting, machining, blacksmithing, electronics and foundry-work. Rusty has taught hundreds of students, including adults and youth. His students recommend him for his ability to explain how to make professional welds quickly and effortlessly. Rusty has instructed at the Coyote School students, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and South Seattle Community College and his own fully equipped 2200 sq ft sculptural metalworking facility, HazardFactory.

mkinzie02Mckenzie Smith

An outstanding instructor at HazardFactory, McKenzie started welding back in 2003, her Sophomore year in high school. She instantly fell in love with welding and became a teachers assistant right away. Mckenzie taught three classes a day for six years at Fort Vancouver High School. Her junior year in high school she had the opportunity to take a “Running Start” class at Clark Collage. After she graduated she began taking a class called “IBEST Welding” at Clark Collage witch she completed back in 2010. Mckenzie has learned how to MIG weld, Flux Core weld, ARC weld, Oxy weld, and is brushing up on her TIG welding skills to date.

She enjoys teaching others her passion and trade! Mckenzie has been working for Rusty since 2014 at Hazard Factory as a welding instructor.