The Notch Pipe Welding Challenge for High School students was held May 14, 2014 at Notch Mechanical Constructors’ headquarters in Chicopee, MA.
First Place: David Ortega from Chicopee Comprehensive High School, MA
Welding Teachers: Mr. Mike Douville and Mrs. Amanda Mucha
Second Place: Jamey Bass from Franklin County Technical High School, MA (back row, right in photo)
Welding Teachers: Mr. Dave Morgan and Mr. Jesse Edwards
Third Place: Tyler Margi from Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, MA
(back row, left in photo)
Welding Teacher: Mr. Dan Rivera.
“The competition was incredible this year!” It’s true, there were only seven names on the semi-finalist list of an original pool of 82 competitors. It is not a lack of good welders but rather it reflects a new level of quality achieved.
The seven semi-finalist that competed in this year’s Bend Off were all great welders. Each one of them had their weld samples passing both face and root tests. All seven passed both visual and bend test requirements to earn their 1-G ASME certification. Clearly the degree of difference between the students was very tight. The judges stepped out of the room to rank each competitor’s work on criteria beyond the ASME standards. It’s exciting to see so many talented welders being developed in our High School programs. Congratulations to this year’s hardworking students and their teachers.
Our generous sponsors provided all kinds of equipment to the winning school and the top three students participating in this competition. Additionally, prizes were given to all students in attendance at the Bend Off. Please show our sponsors your appreciation and thank them for supporting this competition.
These students from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical walked off with some great door prizes! Jim Cote, 20 year employee for Notch, spoke to students about taking every opportunity and having an attitude of learning something new everyday.