OCVTS Hosts Welding Fabrication Competition
Jean Sullivian, April 17, 2010
|Caption: Students from six county vocational school districts participate in Team Fabrication Competition.
TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY- Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS), Toms River, New Jersey recently hosted a SkillsUSA competition for Welding Fabrication. While SkillsUSA has held welding competitions for individuals for years, this was the first team competition of its kind in the state of New Jersey. Four-person teams from six county vocational school districts were represented at the competition.
Dan Roskiewich, Welding Instructor from Gloucester County Institute of Technology and SkillsUSA Welding Competition coordinator explained, “I saw fabrication team competition at the national level in Kansas City Missouri.The outlay of materials and the technical support provided by the participating sponsor companies was incredible. Every team involved was fully equipped with the tools and supplies they needed and the projects they constructed were amazing. It was an unbelieveable opportunity for these students. I thought then that we had to work to get New Jersey involved and be competitive. I knew once we started that the interest and participation would grow.”
Each team was supplied with blueprints for the fabrication project ahead of time. The students had time to review the plans and develop their strategy for time management and construction techniques, although they were not apprised of the types of welding required for each phase of the project. Ultimately, contestants had to demonstrate oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc, tungsten arc and gas metal arc welding for the competition.
Volunteer judges from the welding industry were on hand to evaluate the quality of workmanship and adherence to rules and safety standards. The judges were all graduates from the OCVTS Welding program who are currently employed by local fabrication companies.
All contestants will also have to take a written test to evaluate their knowledge of welding techniques and safety procedures. The results of the written test combined with the fabrication judging will determine the New Jersey State champions in Welding Fabrication. Those winners will have the chance to advance to national competition in Kansas City Missouri in June.
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
Ocean County Vocational Technical School 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.