Weld for Work Competition A Success
June 6th, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Weld for Work Competition a Success at Pioneer Tech
Ponca City, OK ----------MJ&H Fabrication in Ponca City and Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) teamed up to launch the first annual Weld for Work Competition, May 9th and 10th. This competition aligned newly graduated Pioneer Tech welders with jobs available in their district
PTC students competed in a two-day event testing their welding ability and fabrication skills. MJ&H put together a unique welding talent challenge for the students. They focused on three areas: a written test was first concentrating on pipe fitting; second was the actual fit-up test which also included reading the blue prints. This became a challenge for many students. Then on the last day, the third part of the contest was welding the entire unit together. The top three Weld for Work competitors were guaranteed a full-time welding position at MJ&H Fabrication.
Gary Harvey, owner of MJ&H said, “This competition lets the students have an advantage in knowing what to expect when they get to work right after graduation.” One of the sponsors of the competition, S&K Direct Steel, donated a Lincoln Electric MP-210 Multi-Process Mig/Tig/Stick Welding machine and three Lincoln Electric Auto-Darkening helmets for this competition. Other sponsors included Osage Feed & Tack, McVay’s Workwear, Ponca Auto World, Burns McDonnell, Bob Hurley, IPS, Legacy Signs and PCDA.
“It’s great to see a company taking advantage of the career tech programs and engaging students in competition which will improve their skills with real life situations,” said Laurence Beliel, Business Retention & Expansion Director for Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA). “More companies need to be doing this type of student/industry competition which aligns qualified, skilled students with job opportunities in the Ponca City area. Career Tech creates the workforce of the future and kudos to MJ&H for creating an opportunity to recruit skilled workforce from these programs.”
Winners for the competition were 1st place, Jonathan Ruiz-Lopez from Ponca City; 2nd Place, Lane Ramsey from Newkirk and 3rd place, Ross Flood from Ponca City. All the students accepted the full-time job offered to them. Ross Flood, 3rd place winner of the competition, enthusiastically said, “I got a welding hood today and a job!”
Pioneer Tech and MJ&H plan to make this an annual event. Ted Rowe, Welding instructor remarked, “This is a wonderful competition; the students were really excited about it. They are learning that getting a job isn’t just about being in a weld booth and running a weld.”
Harvey, MJ&H owner and president, has served on the Welding Program Advisory Board for the last 15 years and has employed many Pioneer Tech graduates. Harvey reiterated that he appreciates the basic knowledge that PTC graduates receive because he can turn them into the kind of welder he needs for his business.
For more information on the event or the Welding Program contact Pioneer Technology Center at www.pioneertech.edu or 580-762-8336.
Caption: IMG_0784b.jpg MJ&H Fabrication in Ponca City and Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) teamed up to launch the first annual Weld for Work Competition, May 9th and 10th. This competition aligned newly graduated Pioneer Tech welders with jobs available in their district. Pictured left to right Whitney Anthony, Office/Marketing Manager MJ&H; Owen Smith, Engineering Manager MJ&H; Bruce DeMuth, Superintendent CEO of Pioneer Tech; Jared Cartlidge, Quality Assurance Quality Control Manager MJ&H; Gary Harvey, President/Owner MJ&H and Ted Rowe, Welding instructor at PTC.