Three Welding Students Place at AWS Behind the Mask Competition

May 11, 2023 | 11:27 AM
Parker Meyer, Jarred Maleska, and Tyler Heida earned three of the top six awards in the college division.

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) hosted the annual American Welding Society (AWS) Behind The Mask competition for high school and college students. The competition, which took place at the NDSCS Wahpeton campus on April 20th, saw ninety high school and college students from North Dakota and Minnesota compete for top honors.

The competition is designed to challenge each student’s welding skills and to provide them with a platform to present their skills to the welding industry. Behind The Mask is judged by industry professionals who evaluate participants on safety, quality of welds, and the ability to follow AWS welding standards. Students from high schools in Wahpeton, Mandan, Minot, Grafton, Valley City and Fargo, as well as college students from NDSCS, Alexandria Technical College, and Lynnes Welding Training, Inc. all competed in the event.

Alexandria College Welding students earned three of the six top honors in the college division.

SMAW (stick) Competition:

  • Parker Meyer 2nd Place

GMAW (wire) Competition:

  • Jarred Maleska 1st Place
  • Tyler Heida 3rd Place

Recap courtesy NDSCS

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