2010 NOTCH Pipe Welding Challenge Results

Wed., Jun 9, 2010

Notch Mechanical Constructors has been conducting the “Notch Pipe Welding Challenge” for 12 years. The objective of this event is to encourage the development of welding skills in vocational students, reward excellence in pipe welding achievement and encourage students to consider the piping trades as a career choice.
The Notch Pipe Welding Challenge benefits not only the students, but local vocational schools as well. Participating schools conduct the pipe weld test for their competitors at their school which are collected by the proctor and judged by an independent volunteer weld inspector. Teachers are notified which competitors’ qualify for the Bend-0ff competition at Notch Mechanical’s shop on a chosen date in May of each year. All competitors are also invited to attend the Bend-Off competition which includes tours, prizes and lunch. Ninety-two welding students competed in this competition from eleven different vocational technical schools in southern New England including:

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough, MA
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Upton, MA
Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee, MA
Franklin County Technical High School, Turners Falls, MA
Gateway Regional High School, Huntington, MA
Howell Cheney Technical High School, Manchester, CT
J.P. Keefe Technical School, Framingham, MA
McCann Technical School, North Adams, MA
Minuteman Technical High School, Lexington, MA
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Billerica, MA
Taconic High School, Pittsfield, MA
All participants receive an event T-shirt. All students who meet ASME criteria to be a qualified welder are recognized. The “Top Notch Welder” who achieves the quality in compliance with ASME guidelines is awarded $500 as well as many other prizes. The “Top Notch Welder’s” school receives a $500 gift certificate to purchase welding supplies for their school welders for the future use.

Notch Mechanical Constructors, the primary event sponsor, is a regional industrial 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, Inc.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Connecticut Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Massachusetts Chapter
B.E. Crowley Inc.
Bassette Printers, Inc.
Collins Pipe and Supply Co., Inc.
Colonial Tools & Equipment
Colony Tools, Supplies & Safety Products
eRolls, Inc.
F.W. Webb
Fastenal
Gould Construction Institute
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Ivey Industries Inc.
Lincoln Electric
LSHD Advertising, Inc.
Mackey Mechanical Services
Marcotte Ford
Peterson Steel Corporation
Tierney & Dalton Associates, Inc.

About Notch Mechanical Constructors

Notch Mechanical Constructors has been in business since 1972 and specializes in the installation of piping systems for industrial and institutional facilities. From our offices in Chicopee and Hudson, Massachusetts we service customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, as well as Southern New Hampshire, Southern Vermont, and Eastern New York.

For further information contact Steven Neveu, Vice President of Notch Mechanical Constructors, at 413-534-3440 and sneveu@notch.com.