2011 NOTCH Pipe Welding Challenge Results

Thu., May 12, 2011

Notch Mechanical Constructors has been conducting the “Notch Pipe Welding Challenge” for 13 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. Eighty-four welding students competed in this competition from twelve 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
William J. Dean Technical High School, Holyoke, 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.
Bassette Printers, Inc.
Collins Pipe and Supply Co., Inc.
eRolls, Inc.
F.W. Webb
Charles D. Sheehy, Inc.
Mackey Mechanical Services
Ivey Industries Inc.
United Rentals
Kennedy, Gustafson & Cole, Inc.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – Massachusetts Chapter
B.E. Crowley Inc.
Colonial Tools & Equipment
Colony Tools, Supplies & Safety Products
Fastenal
Gould Construction Institute
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Lincoln Electric
LSHD Advertising, Inc.
Marcotte Ford
Peterson Steel Corporation
Tierney & Dalton Associates, Inc.
Moldex
Miller Electric
Smith Equipment
Carhartt
Swiss Uniform Services

About Notch

A family-owned business since 1972, Notch Mechanical Constructors specializes in the installation of piping systems for industrial and institutional facilities. From our offices in Chicopee and Hudson, Massachusetts, we serve customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire, southern Vermont, and eastern New York.
For further information contact Kristin Monfette at 413-534-3440 or kmonfette@notch.com