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May the Best Welder Win
Posted by MSC on September 5, 2008 at 10:23 AM.

Sparks will fly—literally—at the AWS Skills Competition Weld-Off, an event testing students’ welding skills. A component of the SkillsUSA Competition, the Weld-Off is among the highlights of the 2008 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, Oct. 6-8 in Las Vegas.


Sponsored by the American Welding Society, it requires welders to demonstrate their skills by completing standard test weldments (plate and pipe), sheet metal projects in aluminum and stainless steel, and a pressure vessel. Welds will be judged by AWS Certified Welding Inspectors for soundness and appearance. Written skills and welding code interpretation also will be considered.


Six finalists, selected from 24 student welders that participated in the SkillsUSA Championships in 2007 and 2008, will compete in the Weld-Off this year and only three will qualify to advance to the SkillsUSA U.S. Open Weld Trials in 2009. The U.S. Open Weld Trials Champion will represent the United States at the WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2009. The AWS U.S. Open Weld Trials winner will receive a four-year scholarship, sponsored by the Miller Electric Manufacturing Co., worth $40,000 from the AWS Foundation, a four-year AWS membership, an AWS Certification and up to $1,000 in AWS publications.


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