Sparks Fly at Welding Fabrication Demonstration at OCVTS
Jean Sullivan, April 24, 2009
TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY- Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS), Toms River, New Jersey recently hosted a SkillsUSA demonstration/competition for Welding Fabrication. “OCVTS has competed in the individual Welding Competition at SkillsUSA for years, but this is the first team effort of its kind in the state of New Jersey,” explained OCVTS Welding Instructor James Mansfield. Although the results of the day’s event will not qualify students to compete in state level contests which will be held in Somerset, New Jersey in May, it served as a testing ground for a full-scale competition at regional contests in 2010.
Twelve students from OCVTS as well as six students from Cumberland County Technical Education Center, Bridgeton, New Jersey, participated. Students had to individually complete a written test to evaluate their knowledge of welding techniques and safety procedures. They then worked in 3-person teams to build the assigned project, a fabricator’s work bench. The intricate project tested a range of skills such as teamwork and planning, as well as welding techniques. “It was a great lesson in teamwork and time management. It was a chance to experience the pressures of a project with a real deadline, just like they will face in a real job,” commented Mr. Mansfield.
Volunteer judges from the welding industry were on hand to evaluate the quality of workmanship and adherence to rules and safety standards.
SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to promote the growth and development of a skilled workforce in America. For more information about SkillsUSA visit www.skillsusa.org
OCVTS offers a two-year 900-hour Welding program for high school students as well as adults. The welding program provides students with hands-on instruction in a variety of welding and metal fabrication processes. Students learn techniques in shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, and flux cored arc welding. Welding related cutting processes covered include oxy-fuel gas and plasma arc cutting. Upon completion students are prepared for careers in construction, fabrication, and repair of industrial and transportation equipment including cars, ships, pleasure crafts, and aircraft. They are also qualified for employment in the area of structural welding including the fabrication of bridges, steel structures, pipelines, and boilers. For more information visit www.ocvts.org.