Ferris State University’s Welding Engineering Technology program will be hosting the 12th Annual State Secondary Welding Competition which will be held on Friday, May 9 in Ferris’ Welding lab in the Swan Building.
The annual competition welcomes students from across the state of Michigan. Competing schools may bring one competitor for each of the five welding categories. The students begin arriving at 8 a.m. and the welding commences at 9 a.m. in the welding lab. Welding faculty anticipate record attendance. Currently, 176 from 38 schools are registered for Friday’s competition.
The awards ceremony will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Science Building, Room 102. The Welding Engineering Technology Program has more than $40,000 in scholarships and prizes earmarked to be given away to student competitors.
Welding Engineering Technology faculty will judges the competition. Additionally, more than 40 Ferris welding students will help facilitate the event. The event also includes a continuing education seminar for teachers attending with the visiting students.
Visiting students will enjoy a complementary lunch at The Rock Café throughout the day – during periods when the students are not engaged in competition.
Jeff Hardesty, a Welding associate professor and the program coordinator noted that “Many Ferris students, as well as high school welding teachers and professionals, were previous competitors in this event.”