2008 Notch Pipe Welding Challenge Winner

Wed., May 14, 2008

During the final competition of the 10th Annual Notch Pipe Welding Challenge on Wednesday, May 14th, Mike Shigley, a senior at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, MA, won the distinction of first place “Top Notch Welder” for the second year in a row. Thirty welding students competed in this regional competition from eight different vocational technical schools in southern New England including:

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough, MA
Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee, MA
Franklin County Technical High School, Turners Falls, MA
Howell Cheney Technical High School, Manchester, CT
Minuteman Regional High School, Lexington, MA
Taconic High School, Pittsfield, MA
William J. Dean Technical High School, Holyoke, MA

The Notch Pipe Welding Challenge is an annual event and requires students to perform a pipe welding test which is judged for quality in accordance with national ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standards. Notch Mechanical Constructors, the primary event sponsor, is a 35 year mechanical contracting firm specializing in the installation of piping systems for industrial and institutional facilities throughout southern New England.

Other companies sponsoring the event were:

Airgas (Merriam Graves)
B.E. Crowley, Inc.
Bassette Printers
Collins Pipe & Supply Co., Inc.
Colony Tools, Supplies & Safety Products
eRolls, Inc.
F.W. Webb Company
Gould Construction Institute
Holyoke Gas & Electric
LSHD Advertising, Inc.
Peterson Steel Corporation
United Rentals

Notch sponsors this event to expose more high school students to the pipe welding trade and to provide a motivating challenge in class. Pipe welding is one of the highest paying welding specialties, and there is an increasing shortage of young people entering this trade.