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Drake State Hosts 5th Annual Regional Welding Competition


On Thursday, November 20, welding students from various counties across northern Alabama gathered at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College to compete in Drake State’s fifth annual Regional Welding Competition. The event enabled students to showcase their best work.            

A panel of judges comprised of industry professionals and members of the Drake State welding department rated the student’s welding skills in the following categories: appearance of finished product, weld size, and fit-up. Contestants welded on aluminum SMAW, steel GMAW, and steel FCAW.        

Participants from North Sand Mountain High School, Pisgah High School, Brewer High School, Ernest Pruitt Center of Technology, and Dekalb County Center of Technology competed in the event.                                          

Winners in the advanced level were:

  • First place - Jeremy Taylor, Earnest Pruitt Center of Technology
  • Second place - Colton Murdock, Dekalb County Center of Technology
  • Third place - Cody Ayers, Earnest Pruitt Center of Technology

Winners in the beginner level were:

  • First place - Jordan Green, Dekalb County Center of Technology
  • Second place - John Ellison, Ernest Pruitt Center of Technology
  • Third place - Grant Seguin, Brewer High School 
Mr. Ryan Green, Instructor of Welding at Drake State, organized the event aimed at providing a forum for area students to display their welding skills at the recently renovated, state-of-the-art welding facility at Drake State’s main campus in Huntsville. “This is a great opportunity to showcase what we have to offer in our welding department.” Stated Mr. Green. “I'm very keen on recruiting.  What better way to be able to speak to potential students and showcase our department at the same time?”                                        

According to the Department of Labor, welding offers high-paying career opportunities at both a local and national level.  Demand for these technicians often exceeds the supply of workers. Technical training programs such as Drake State’s welding program provide students with a proficiency level that enables employers to hire program graduates with confidence.  

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