3rd Annual AWS Student Weld-Off

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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BATON ROUGE—Fairbanks Inspection & Testing and CEI in conjunction with the American Welding Society’s District 9 Baton Rouge Section held its third annual AWS student weld-off on February 24.

Several local schools participated in the event. Students from Plaquemine, St. James, Morgan City, Walker, Loranger, Ponchatoula, and Live Oak High Schools competed for numerous prizes including two $1,000 AWS Scholarships and the grand prize of a Pro-Tech 150 welding machine. Students were given a written exam and were given the option to compete on either 2G/3G plate or 6G pipe.

We would like to congratulate our winners. In first place for the pipe test was Chandler Diaz from Live Oak. Second place was Ty Rodrigue from St. James. Third place was Skyler Tullier from Plaquemine.

In first place for the plate test was Lacy Williams from Loranger. Second place was Trevor Myers from Walker. Third place was Jairo Cruz from Morgan City.

We were honored to have the AWS District 9 Director, Calvin Pepper, attend this event.

There was strong support from the industry’s local businesses including donations and volunteers. We would like to say Thank You to Blue Bayou, CEI Fabricators, Fairbanks Inspection & Testing, TNT Gas & Supply, Lincoln Electric, Mistras, Acuren, Nugent Steel, PALA, Oxford Alloys, Lowery, PAX, Trade Construction Company, Lotel Industries, Comeaux Caps, Creative Cajun Cooking, Murray’s Market and DeLaune’s Market for sponsoring this event.

Special thanks to our hosts, George Fairbanks and George Shaheen (CEI). We greatly appreciate Benny Warren, Desiree Courville, Garry Owens, James Fousse, Charles Perilloux, Herb Coupel, Jonathan Mareno, Dexter LeMaire, Jeremy Whittemore, Johnny Dupuy, Jorge Lopez, Michael Mahoney, Deanna Richardson-Miles, Kelsey Satterfield and Nathan Fontenot for volunteering their time.


The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission:

“Advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying.” For more information visit aws.org.