2015 Notch Pipe Welding Challenge / Final Bend Off Competition

Our 17th Annual Notch Pipe Welding Challenge. The competitive event is the highlight for young students seeking careers in the craft & trade industry they’ve learned in a Vocational High School welding program. Voc-Tech Teachers have been training their students to be the best in the competitive world of welding. Our experienced leaders from Notch Mechanical Contractors have visited nine high schools from around MA & CT to encourage them to show off their finest pipe welding work.  More than 100 students test pieces have been submitted to the judges, vying for a spot as a semi-finalist. The judges will perform visual inspection to meet the ASME Section IX qualifications on the weld “coupon” samples.

All participants & sponsors are invited to attend the final competition called “the Bend-Off” that is held on site at Notch’s headquarters in Chicopee, MA. This year it is slated for May 20th. It is an exciting event. The gifts to the top student welders are piled high; we have very generous sponsors!! Tensions are also high as students and their teachers watch their weld samples put through the ultimate test for strength. The hydraulic coupon Bend Tester machine shows no mercy- either your weld is right and strong, or…. Well, back to shop class.
Pipe welding is more challenging than flat welds, and the competition is hot. These students have already shown their metal by making it to the semi finals; typically less than 25% of the weld coupons will pass the visual test. Notch and its many sponsors are proud of all of the contenders; they are the backbone of tomorrow’s industry! Are you ready for the competition?
Stay tuned for the results and photos.


        Wednesday May 20th, 2015 beginning at 10am.




Our Generous Sponsors:


Collins Pipe & Supply
Ivey Industries
F. W. Webb
United Rentals
City Machine Corporation
T.P. Daley Insurance
NES Rentals
Associated Builders and Contractors
Mackey Mechanical Insulation
BE Crowley
Lincoln Electric
Peterson Steel
Gould Construction Institute
Tierney & Dalton
Welder Repair & Rental Service, Inc.
Cap & Hitch of New England
Hadley Printing
Jack Moore Associates
Chicopee Tire & Auto Sales
Colonial Hardware Corp
Ryan Herco Flow Solutions
Atlantic Fasteners

Participating Schools
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Chicopee Comprehensive High School
Franklin County Technical High School
Gateway Regional High School
Howell Cheney Technical High School
McCann Technical School
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
Taconic High School