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OTC Students Participate in FFA Weld Off

The FFA high school regional Weld Off was held at Okefenokee Technical College on February 7, with seventy-two students from 18 schools competing in four categories: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), oxyfuel cutting, and oxyfuel brazing. Weld Off

This year, advanced-level OTC welding students served as judges for the competition. “They did a great job representing OTC,” stated welding instructor Doug Furman, “and I am proud of them all.” Participating students were judged on safety, correct set-up and procedure, appearance, and strength of the weld.

Mike Kirkland, OTC’s dual enrollment wire welding instructor for Clinch, Pierce, and Ware Counties, was especially proud of his students. James Nelson of Pierce County won 1st place in SMAW. Trenton Pittman of Clinch County won 1st in oxyfuel cutting, and David Booth of Ware County won 2nd in the same category. Another one of Kirkland’s students, Jayson Griffis (Clinch), won 3rd place in oxyfuel brazing. Clinch County’s team, all of whom are in Kirkland’s class, placed third overall.

Judges for the event were the following OTC welding students: Hugh Chancey, Martin Greenlee, Juan Jauregui, Jake Johnson, Chuck Magauley, Keaton Roppe, Joshua Stovall, and Jesse Thrift. Furman would like to thank all of the participants in the weld off and all of the judges for “a job well done.” Weld Off

Dual enrollment students can earn their wire welding certificate of credit while they are still in high school. Upon graduation, they can advance their skills by enrolling in OTC’s welding diploma program. For more information, call Doug Furman at (912) 287-5853.

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