UA Friends and Family – Save UA Apprenticeships!

North America’s Building Trades Unions’ (NABTU) world-class registered apprenticeship programs train U.S. workers to become highly-skilled, six-figure earning construction workers through a debt-free, technologically-advanced education. These earn-as-you-learn programs pay family-sustaining wages and provide health care coverage and retirement benefits. These programs also ensure the workers rebuilding our infrastructure have the highest level of training, keeping our communities and families safe. However, these programs and our future is at risk. A new proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) could drive down training and labor standards in construction registered apprenticeship programs and set off a race to the bottom throughout our industry. And we have a month to stop it.
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Midwest Welding Tournament 2018

2018 Midwest First Place Team Members 2018 Midwest First Place Team with Business and Industry Representatives



Pike Central welding students participating in the Patoka Valley Vocational Cooperative Welding Technology Program brought home First Place Team and 4 individual trophies on May 4, 2018, from the 40th Annual Midwest Team Welding Tournament held at J. Everett Light Career Center.

The team placed first out of thirty-two teams with a 153 point advantage over the second place team, Impact Institute from Northern Indiana.  The Pike Central team consisted of one first place finisher, two second place finishers, and a fourth place finisher.  Placing first in the S.M.A.W. category was Forest Park senior Nick Seaton.  Placing second in the G.M.A.W. category was Pike Central senior Nathan Welch.  Placing second in G.T.A.W. was Forest Park senior Luke Jacob.  Placing fourth in the Theory category was Jasper junior Caleb Edwards.  Also participating and scoring the most points for the team was Forest Park junior Swayde Morgan in the F.C.A.W. category.

Each team participating in the tournament is comprised of five members.  One member of the team competes in a theory portion of the contest, which includes a 250 question written test in welding knowledge, math and blueprint reading.  The other members of the team participate in one of four welding processes, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (G.T.A.W.), Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W.), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.), and Flux Core Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.) that are subjected to a guided bend test along with a second weldment from a blueprint.  The members’ individual scores are combined for the team score.

Scholarship presentations by Ohio Technical College:

  • First place student – $10,000
  • Second place students – $7,500
  • Fourth place student – $1,000
  • Each student on the first place team – $10,000 scholarship

Nick Seaton received the following scholarships from Tulsa Welding School:

  • Third Place at the State Skills Contest – $6,000 scholarship
  • Scoring the most points in the S.M.A.W. category – $750 scholarship

All students received welding-related door prizes.

Special thanks to the Tri-Rivers Section of the American Welding Society for contributing monetary support for contest registration expenses.