Student Welding

High school students are invited to compete in a welding competition and explore post-secondary and career opportunities in the welding field.

Thursday, March 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Southwestern Community College, Technical Center, welding lab
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, IA  50801


For additional information, or to register for the event, please contact Micah Elefson, welding instructor, or Doug North, career and technical education recruiter.

Tentative Agenda:

8:45-9:15 a.m. - Student registration and equipment familiarization
9:15-9:30 a.m. - Welcome and overview of contest rules
9:30 a.m.-Noon - Student competitions (oxy-acetylene, stick, GMAW/MIG, and written exam)
12-12:30 p.m. - Catered lunch provided
12:45-1:45 p.m. - Welding Business/Industry Career Fair
1:45 p.m. - Awards

Welding Skills Competition Guidelines:

Team competition requires four team members.  Each high school is encouraged to have a local competition to determine the high school's four team members for the Southwestern Welding Skills Challenge. Each school may select one alternate to bring as well.

Individual Skills Contest - This contest is limited to the first 48 participants who are registered by a high school teacher or representative.  Competitors will rotate through four welding stations, including oxy-acetylene, stick, GMAW/MIG, and a written test.  Local welding experts will serve as the judges for the hands-on competition.  The scores will be tallied and the top five individuals will be recognized.

Team Contest - Prizes will be awarded to the top three high school teams.  The winners will be determined by the five highest individual scores.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All participants are responsible for their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including:  FR cotton or leather welding jacket, helmet, clear safety glasses, gloves, long pants, and boots.  Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the lab.  Students who do not have the PPE listed above will not be allowed to participate.