On April 19 and 20, Central Carolina Technical College hosted the South Carolina Technical System’s 36th Annual Welding Skills Competition on Main Campus in Sumter. Ten South Carolina technical colleges competed in six different categories. The ten technical colleges that competed were Central Carolina Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Tri-county Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Florence Darlington Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry Georgetown Technical College, York Technical College, and Aiken Technical College.

Six of CCTC’s welding students who competed in the competition were Sam Debose, Cole Bodiford, David Drummond, Kacey Floyd, Clayton Possert and Derek White. Sam Debose placed third in Category one: GTAW tee joints carbon steel and aluminum/ GMAW V-groove. Cole Bodiford placed first in category two: SMAW tee joints. David Drummond placed first in category three: SMAW v-groove. Kacey Floyd placed eight in category four: SMAW pipe. Clayton Possert placed first in category five: GTAW/SMAW pipe. Derek White placed second in category six: GTAW stainless steel pipe.

“The welding competition prepares students to work under pressure, complete tasks in a strict time frame and apply the skills they learned in the welding program. We are extremely proud of the performance of the CCTC students during this year’s competition. Their hard work and dedication to the profession was evident,” says CCTC Pipe Welding Instructor Lucas Bishop.

CCTC’s nationally recognized welding program prepares students for careers as welding engineers, sales engineers, manufacturing engineers, application engineering, project engineers and managers. If you are interested in learning more about CCTC’s Welding Program please contact Alex Reis at (803) 778-7863 or visit cctech.edu/program-of-study/welding-certificate-weld/

CCTC welding student David Drummond placed first in category three: SMAW v-groove at the South Carolina Technical System’s 36th Annual Welding Skills Competition.

CCTC welding student David Drummond works on finishing his welded piece at the welding competition held at CCTC’s Main Campus on April 19 and 20.