In the plate welding division, Adam Treviño placed first, Dakota Del Bosque placed third and Garrett Bond came in fourth. In the pipe welding division, Peyton Tabb placed second, James Scotten placed third and John Lopez came in sixth.
There were 65 welding students from the area high schools participating at this year’s competition. Strict industry safety standards and specific welding procedures were the main emphasis of this contest. The students were given a specific time limit to complete their welds and were required to thoroughly sweep and secure their work stations when finished. There were certified welding inspectors on hand to carefully examine both the plate and pipe welds in order to determine the quality of the welds and select the top finishers.
The plate welders were required to produce a vertical up plate weld, where a visible stringer bead and a 2 bead final cap weld were applied in a manner that completely bonded both plate bevels. The pipe welders were required to produce a four-inch diameter vertical up pipe weld, where a visible internal stringer bead and a 2 bead final cap weld were applied in a manner that completely bonded both pipe bevels.
After four competitions this year, the A.C. Jones welding program has won a total of 12 awards, including a first in plate and a second in pipe at the Pipe Fitting Rodeo in Robstown; a first, second and third at the district welding competition in Victoria; a second place finish by James Scotten at the Skills USA state competition in Corpus Christi and the awards listed above from this final competition of the year.