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Joliet West students earn top spots at JJC welding competition

5/11/2016, 11:49 a.m.
The students competed against over 50 students earning a 1st, 4th and 5th place finish.
Row 1- Steve Koerner, Zachary Bartels, Jose Patino, Ricardo Cardenas, Matt Meinhart Row 2- Sergio Hernandez Jr, Anthony Rodden, Ryan Casey JTHS

Joliet West High School STEM Academy students took home top ranks at the 2016 High School Welding Competition held at Joliet Junior College last weekend.

West student Steve Koerner received 1st place, Matt Meinhart received 4th and Anthony Rodden received 5th out of over 50 students participating in two divisions, high school and career center.

Competing students were judged based on written tests and three SMAW skills: undercut, weld size, and uniformity. Welds were completed within a 30 minute time requirement.

The competition allowed students to showcase their skills in two main processes, Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Oxy Acetylene Welding, through written and knowledge-based test and a performance test on Oxy Acetylene and Arc Welding.

"The students worked very hard these last three weeks to prepare for the competition," said Instructor Joe Contreras. "I’m very proud of their accomplishments.

Photo Identification: Row 1- Steve Koerner, Zachary Bartels, Jose Patino, Ricardo Cardenas, Matt Meinhart

Row 2- Sergio Hernandez Jr, Anthony Rodden, Ryan Casey