Mav Tech Inc., a local welding laboratory managed by Matt Richard, provided the venue for the welding and testing.
Business professionals from the Corpus Christi area also donated their time and resources to provide student welders from A.C. Jones the experience and opportunity to take and pass an American Welding Society prescribed plate welding test, welding in the vertical-up position.
When all the welding was completed and portions of the welds were checked by way of a guided bend test, 12 out of the 20 student welders passed their tests.
This particular test is significant, as it requires the flat plate weld specimens to be bent in a “U” shaped fashion. These bends are known as “side bends,” and even minor defects in the weld will cause the weld specimen to not bend, but break into two pieces.
As a result of having successfully passed their welding tests, those 12 students each received a welder’s certification paper. This certification reflects the acceptable nature of the bend tests, indicates the AWS standard that was met and qualifications set forth for the approved welding positions on structural plate steel.
Richard indicated after the tests were completed, that the 60 percent passing rate of these welders was outstanding, given these were high school students.
He said they usually don’t see a 60 percent passing rate for a group of 20 welders in his shop on average.