DRAKE STATE Hosts 7th Annual Regional Welding Competition
Huntsville, AL – On Thursday, November 17th, high school welding students from various counties across northern Alabama gathered at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College to compete in Drake State’s seventh annual Regional Welding Competition. The event enabled students to showcase their best work.
Judges rated the student’s welding skills in the following categories: appearance of finished product, weld size, and fit-up. Contestants welded on aluminum SMAW, steel GMAW, and steel FCAW. This year’s judges where from the UA Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union of Alabama, and included Paul McInish, Brandon Sexton, Jacob Adams, Steven Wright, Dwight Phillips and Will Marable. Drake State has an articulation agreement with the Union and always appreciates their support.
Participants included Earnest Pruitt Center of Technology, Huntsville Center for Technology, Dekalb County Center of Technology, Brewer High School, and Limestone County Technical Center and other area schools have been invited to compete in the event. Winners were announced in both advanced and beginner levels:
1st – Taylor Shannon
2nd – Alex Ervin
3rd – Cole Lyles
1st – Jacob Humphrey
2nd – Jake Etheredge
3rd – Nick Johnson
Mr. Ryan Green, Instructor of Welding at Drake State, organized the event aimed at providing a forum for area students to display their welding skills at the recently renovated, state-of-the-art welding facility at Drake State’s main campus in Huntsville. “This is a great opportunity to showcase what we have to offer in our welding department.” Stated Mr. Green. “I'm very keen on recruiting. What better way to be able to speak to potential students and showcase our department at the same time?”
According to the Department of Labor, welding offers high-paying career opportunities at both a local and national level. Demand for these technicians often exceeds the supply of workers. Technical training programs such as Drake State’s welding program provide students with a proficiency level that enables employers to hire program graduates with confidence.