On April 25th, welders from A.C. Jones High School participated in the 20th Annual Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend High School Welding Contest in Corpus Christi. There were 45 pipe welders and 66 plate welders from the South Texas area in this year’s contest. When the awards were handed out, Randy Perez won first in the pipe welding division and Jonathan Sabiza won fourth in the plate welding division.
Both the pipe and plate welders were required to produce industry quality welds, welding on beveled pipe and plate. Adequate stringer beads and finish cap welds were an absolute requirement in judging these welds, along with close attention paid to weld defects like arc burns, under cut and grinding marks. In addition to their welding, the students were required to follow strict industry safety standards during the time they were in the shop area making their welds. Certified welding inspectors were on hand to judge the welding work and observe the safety practices of all the student welders.
As a result of taking first place in pipe, Randy Perez won a Miller welding machine and a half-year paid tuition to the Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi. After the contest, Matt Richard, manager of Mav-Tech Inc., a welding laboratory in Corpus Christi, requested to put the pipe weld produced by Randy Perez on display in his welding laboratory. Richard indicated that the quality of this weld was so outstanding that he wanted to use it as an example of what this particular pipe weld should look like when completed. “This is quite a compliment for Randy,” said his welding instructor Richard Beasley. “He has worked hard to hone his welding skills and has dedicated many hours in the welding shop, trying to make his next weld better than his last.”
“I want to recognize the loss of a good friend, Martin Montez,” continued Beasley. “When I came on board as the new welding instructor, Martin was someone with years of teaching experience and was ready to help me with any questions I may have had. Even though Martin was retired from teaching, he was willing to share his experience and wisdom. Martin took great pride in his teaching, announcing sporting events and helping others when he could. He was the consummate school bus driver; a true professional at all times. I can confidently say, that both I and Mike Mylnar were especially thankful for the many safe miles driven by Martin, taking welding students to their contests or field trips. Martin took great care of everyone on board his bus, just as if they were one of his.”