High School Welding Contest Winners

Nearly 100 students competed in annual contest

HS WeldingContest2013FlamesMAY 2, 2013 -- The 16th annual Allan Hancock College high school welding contest held April 27 featured nearly 100 students from 10 local high schools competing at beginning and advanced levels in three types of welding.  Santa Maria, Righetti, Pioneer Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Nipomo, San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Morro Bay, Atascadero and Paso Robles high schools participated in the daylong competition that offered $8,500 in prizes of welding equipment and gear donated by major manufacturers and local businesses to the schools and students.

Earning top school honors was Righetti High School, followed by Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Pioneer Valley.

Student winners were as follows:

MIG Welding – Beginning

  • First:         Eric Alvarez, Righetti
  • Second:   Kasey Millsap, Paso Robles
  • Third:       Jose Guzman, Nipomo

MIG Welding – Advanced

  • First:         Connor Herrera, Paso Robles
  • Second:   Jose Rodriguez, Pioneer Valley
  • Third:       Devin Miller, Santa Maria

OXY Fuel Welding – Beginning

  • First:         Pedro Asuncion, Santa Maria
  • Second:   Cole Cargill, Paso Robles
  • Third:       Will Jevne, Righetti

OXY Fuel Welding – Advanced

  • First:         Cameron Wright, San Luis Obispo
  • Second:   Victor Benitez, Righetti
  • Third:       Daniel Herrera, San Luis Obispo

STICK Welding - Beginning

  • First:         Ricardo Contreras, Righetti
  • Second:   Max Selna, San Luis Obispo
  • Third:       Jack Baird, Templeton

STICK Welding – Advanced

  • First:         Tanner Tuttle, Righetti
  • Second:   Daniel Aquilar-Sanchez, Righetti
  • Third:       Anthony Kersteienes, Paso Robles

In addition, a timed cutting contest was held in which contestants used oxy fuel to cut a piece of steel measuring one-inch thick by two inches.  The winner for the fastest time was Ricardo Contreras of Righetti High School with a time of 15.06 seconds.

Prior to the start of competition, each student took a scored safety test and these scores were added to their welding scores in determining the day’s winners.

HS WeldingContest2013StudentsThe contest was conducted by Ray Snowden, AHC welding instructor, and Stan Luis Jr., president of the Santa Maria chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS).

Local sponsors included Praxair, B & B Steel, AWS, Lahr Industrial Welding, Inc., Melfred Borzall and the Allan Hancock College welding program and Advisory Committee.

Judges included Andrew Mehlschau, Lahr Industrial Welding; Mike Fontes, Fontco Welding and Engineering; Cliff Dugger, Teixeira Farms; Brandon Courtner, PC Mechanical; Josh Sanchez, J Fab; Jared Domingos, Jared Domingos Welding; Rob Thoresen, Cuesta College welding instructor; Steve Baily, Valley Welding; Richard Hermann, Earth Systems Pacific; Chuck Carter, Carters Welding; Carl Manko, journeyman pipe welder; George Curiel, Xtreme Metal Fabricators; and AHC welding instructors Gabriel Marquez and Brady Sjosedt.

Awards were handed out following a Santa Maria Tri-Tip barbecue lunch donated by Praxair; Lahr Industrial and Melfred Borzall donated hats to all participants.

Allan Hancock College offers both an associate in science degree and certificate in welding technology.  Specialized certificates are also available in both metal fabrication and pipe welding, as are classes in ornamental iron design and fabrication.  For more information about the welding technology program, call 922-6966 or toll free 1-866 DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3335.

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