Schwenke Takes First as 5 SWWC Welders Move on To State Welding Championship

 02/22/2016 - 23:29
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The South and West Washtenaw Consortium welding program students turned in an outstanding performance at Friday's SkillsUSA regional welding competition.

Ian Schwenke placed first place in the overall competition.

Steven Hasselbach, welding instructor for the SWWC at Saline High School, said by winning the overall competition, Schwenke has the opportunity to advance to the national and even international level.

"Ian had to construct and weld multiple projects using blueprints supplied at the competition. He had to assemble and weld all projects using (several techniques)," Hasselbach said, adding that another technique will be added at the state level

Those techniques included gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and oxy-fuel cutting welding. At the state level, he'll also be asked to complete a flux-cored arch welding project.

Schwenke will not be alone at the SkillsUSA state championships in Grand Rapids this April because several SWWC students performed well at regionals.

In the gas tungsten arc welding competition, Matt Nyrkkanen placed second and Colin Hine was third.

In the gas metal arc welding competition Brad Bristle placed second.

In the shielded metal arc welding competition Gus Rickelmann was second.

Hasselbach congratulated the students for their fine performance.

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