NCK Tech held its 13th annual GMAW welding competition on the Beloit campus. Participants for the college division included students from both NCK Tech Beloit and Hays campus, Salina Area Technical College, Central Community College of Hastings, NE and Hutchinson Community College.

The competition allows students to demonstrate their skills in blueprint reading, fabricate various weldments and highlight their ability to weld in all positions using the GMAW process.  A written test also was given to evaluate technical knowledge of the GMAW process.

NCK Tech students from the Beloit campus placed eight students in the top ten. Those students include 1st Chase Mueller (Ellsworth), 2nd Joel Gifford (Fall City, NE), 3rd Devin Princ (Beloit), 4th Gavin Siebold (Clay Center), 5th Kody Odle (Stockton), 9th Tyler Lovell (Yuma, CO) and 10th Chris Erickson (Downs).

The high school competition had over 30 schools and 100 competitors. McPherson High School took first place followed by Hays High taking second place and Beloit High School with third place. Area students placing included Matt Fross (3rd) Hays High School, Ryan Broeckelman (4th) and Jacob Burks (10th) Beloit High School.

The annual event could only take place with support from various business and industry leaders along with volunteers from the college.  Contributors included Lincoln Electric, Miller Electric, ESAB Electric, Caterpillar Work Tools of Wamego, AG-CO/Sunflower, Bohnert Welding, Landoll Corporation, Matheson/Linweld, Lincoln Electric, Winkel Manufacturing and Webber Gross Welding.

Both campuses of NCK Tech offer a nine-month certificate program. Applications are now being accepted for 2019-2020 school year.  For more information visit