Welding Students Take Top Honors

Two Lenoir Community College Welding students won top honors at the American Welding Society (AWS) 11th Regional Welding competition recently at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury.

Nate Lee of Beulaville, a freshman, placed fifth and Brandon Piner of Snow Hill, a sophomore, placed sixth among 23 competitors from 11 different community colleges. The students were required to fabricate an assembly using a blueprint and then weld the assembly using welding symbols to apply the right size and location for the weld using two different processes SMAW (stick) and GTAW (tig). The students also completed a 20-question test on safety and general knowledge about the welding processes used.

“Being a good welder requires more than just running a bead,” LCC Welding Program Chair Chris Taylor said. “It also requires knowledge of blueprints, welding symbols, safety, and of the equipment being used.”

 Taylor also said the competition gives students a taste of what it takes to be an overall good welder in the industry. “That’s what employers are looking for.”

For more information about the Welding Technology Program, contact Chris Taylor at (252) 527-6223, ext.112 or ctaylor@lenoircc.edu.

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