Elgin Community College’s Sustainability, Business and Career Technologies (SBCT) division is holding its second annual high school welding competition on Friday, May 3. Thirty-nine students from Elgin, Hampshire, Dundee-Crown, Burlington, Geneva, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Batavia, Marengo and Sycamore high schools, will compete in Building O, Room 104.
Competitors will take a written test on basic welding fundamentals and a hands-on test on MIG welding. ECC faculty members Dave Reich, professor of welding, and Marc Hucek, assistant professor of welding, will be the judges. Both are Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI).
“Events like this provide motivation for the high school students training during the year,” said Hucek. “It’s a way for them to receive some recognition for their hard work and dedication. Those who have this highly desired skill will be able to find a great paying job and do something they love.”
The competition is sponsored by Northern Illinois Steel Supply Co., Pipefitters Local 597, Blue Demon Welding Products, Airgas, Weldstar, Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher, National Standard and Lincoln Electric. Several of the sponsors have donated welding equipment and supplies that will be awarded to the winners.
ECC offers a two year Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Fabrication Technology and a basic welding certificate that can typically be completed in one year. Students gain hands-on experience in the welding lab and learn welding concepts from expert instructors. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for work as a welder, cutter, fitter, solderer or brazer.
Visit elgin.edu/welding to view a list of ECC’s career and technical degrees and certificate options.