2022 Notch Pipe Welding Competition Results

CHICOPEE, MA – After skipping two years due to the pandemic, Notch Mechanical held its 22nd annual Pipe Welding competition for 73 welding students from vocational high schools across Southern New England. The schools this year included:

  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Upton MA
  • Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, Taunton, MA
  • Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee, MA
  • Diman Regional Vocational Tech High School, Fall River, MA
  • Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls, MA
  • Howell Cheney Technical High School, Manchester, CT
  • McCann Technical School, North Adams, MA
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fitchburg, MA
  • Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rochester, MA
  • Taconic High School, Pittsfield, MA
  • Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

On Wednesday May 25th students, teachers, sponsors, and public officials were invited to witness the final bend off at Notch’s headquarters in Chicopee. Before this event, Notch representatives travelled to each school where every participant performed a 6″ open-root pipe weld. Once all schools have participated, the completed weld samples are visually judged by certified weld inspectors in accordance with ASME Section IX requirements. This year, eighteen welded samples passed the visual test and would be physically bent at this final event. Once bent, judges inspected and selected the top three samples in each category based on the overall quality of their root and face welds.

Top three winners:

First Place: Connor Harrison, Blackstone Valley Regional

Second Place: Neila Jerome, Blackstone Valley Regional

Third Place: Marcel Peladeau, Blackstone Valley Regional (not present, another student stood on his behalf)

As the first place winner, Connor Harrison was awarded $500 cash, a prize pack of welding tools and supplies, and a first place trophy. As the first-place winning school, Blackstone Valley received a $500 gift certificate for professional supplies to use in their welding program.

The guest speaker at this year’s event was Rick Giombetti, founder of the Performance Dynamics Institute for Leadership. Now retired, Rick’s tireless commitment and passion for building world class companies and leaders has spanned a career of over 30 years. Rick spoke to the students about valuable career and life advice.

As always, several generous sponsors* donated prizes consisting of “tools of the trade” for the top three winners and the winning school. There were also enough door prizes and gifts that no student left empty-handed.

Founded in 1972 and becoming an employee-owned company in 2020, 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, and Southern New Hampshire.

*This year’s sponsors included: Notch Mechanical Constructors, Collins Pipe & Supply, F.W. Webb, Mackey Mechanical, Maine Oxy, ABC Massachusetts, B.E. Crowley Pipe & Supply, Giombetti Associates, Inc., Gould Construction Institute, Marcotte Ford, Nefco, Swiss Uniforms, Tek Stainless Piping Products, Tierney & Dalton, TP Daley Insurance, Airgas, RJ Holl Art Directions, Hadley Printing, New England Promotional Marketing