A.C. Jones High School welding students participated in the Mike Mylnar Memorial Nueces County Junior Livestock Show High School welding contest on Friday, Jan. 10, in Robstown. When the awards were handed out, Beeville captured first in pipe welding and also placed first and second in plate welding.
The first place pipe fabrication welding team consisted of Jacob Flores, Nicholas Rodriguez and Randy Perez. First place plate welders were Jose Ramirez and Ryan De La Garza.
Placing second in plate welding were Ruben De La Garza and James Luna. Elijah Fuentes and Jonathan Sabiza also participated in the plate division and produced quality work.
This high school welding contest is designed to create for the students a real life environment of job skills, including safety. Demonstration and use of proper safety practices was an absolute requirement in order for these students to complete their work.
The pipe welders were required to fabricate and weld an assembly consisting of four inch-pipe and welded fittings. The plate welding students were required to weld a vertical-up T plate. These students were given blueprints to follow in order to properly complete their assignments.
There were certified welding inspectors on hand to judge and inspect the work these students produced. In addition to visual inspection of the fabrication and welding, the pipe weld was X-rayed to check for any internal defects.