CASPER, Wyo. — A welding scholarship competition is set to take place as part of Wyoming Steel Day on Friday, September 4, according to the Wyoming Business Council.
The welding competition, organized by Cheyenne-based Puma Steel and the American Institute of Steel Construction, will kick off a set of statewide celebrations leading up to National Manufacturing Day on October 1.
The Steel Day welding challenge will include juniors and seniors from high schools across the state. A total in $20,000 in scholarships to Laramie County Community College will be given to the top 15 competitors in the challenge.
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“The demand for skilled trades-qualified people is increasing, as is their opportunity for career-sustaining incomes,” Puma Steel President Rex Lewis said in the Wyoming Business Council announcement.
The welding challenge and certificate and associates degree programs offered at LCCC have both grown over the years, according to the WBC.
“The welding competition began with simple stick-welded fillet welds, but as high school programs have improved to compete better, the quality of student welders is increasing,” Lewis said. “This year, the final competition will include a multiple-piece fabricated weldment using some of the latest welding processes and technology. “This welding challenge will closely match what the students will encounter in manufacturing, fabrication, construction and agriculture.”
The welding challenge is a 24-hour event hosted at Puma Steel’s 1720 Pacific Avenue location in Cheyenne. The public can attend. The final round will be held from 7:00 – 9:50 a.m.
Governor Mark Gordon and AISC President Charlie Carer will be guest speakers at the scholarship awards presentation which will be held at around 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by AISC at noon.
“The 11 a.m. awards presentation and guest speakers will be shown on the Wyoming Business Council’s Facebook page via Facebook Live,” the WBC says. “Puma Steel will provide office and plant tours of its state-of-the-art facility every 15 minutes from 12:30 to 2 p.m.”
Wyoming Based Manufacturing Works is helping organize events for the week of National Manufacturing Day.
“Businesses interested in holding a Manufacturing Day event should contact Manufacturing Works for details,” the WBC says. “For more information about the Wyoming Steel Day event, contact Jason Deckard, general manager of High Plains Steel Supply, at 307-773-8669 or Jason.Deckard@highplainssteel.com. For more information about national Steel Day, contact Erika Salisbury at 312-670-5427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”