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Welding students earn recognition at SkillsUSA competition

Several Anoka Technical College students scored major recognition for themselves and for the college’s Welding programs in the SkillsUSA competition held this past weekend.

 Anoka Tech student Cory Fletcher was awarded 2nd place in individual welding competition, 

 PSEO student Andrew Zecce was awarded 3rd place for individual high school student welding competition.

 Anoka Tech students Charles Parrish, Dennis Theil, and Andrew Wieland were awarded 3rd place for in the welding fabrication team competition.

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In the welding competition, competitors receive contest drawings and a set of welding procedure specifications. All drawings, welding symbols, and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards. Through a series of stations, contestants are tested on various aspects of welding: measuring weld replicas, using weld measuring gauges; laying out a plate and using oxy-acetylene equipment to cut several holes that are checked for accuracy and quality; Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) on steel making welds in various positions using short circuiting transfers; Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) using a shielding gas, making welds in various positions and, using a combination machine capable of providing the correct welding current for shielded metal arc (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Competitors complete the steel project and weld an aluminum project in various positions using a variety of filler metals.

In the welding fabrication competition, a team of three students from each school use their welding and fabrication skills to build a designed project from the given material. Each team is required to be skilled in the following welding and cutting processes: SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW and OFC. The students are also required to be proficient in using the common tools of a workshop. A theme-based project will be constructed by the students based on the prints drawn by each team.

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Welding Students

Anoka Technical College welding students (from left) Andrew Wieland, Dennis Theil and Charles Parrish recently took 3rd place for in the SkillsUSA welding fabrication team competition.

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