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the show is north
america's largest
metal-forming, fabricating, welding
and finishing event,
and it hosted 28,000
attendees.
2016 hosted the Welders Without
Borders: Welding Thunder Fabrication Team Invitational.
Sponsored by AWS District 21,
this two-day student competition
challenged high school and college welding teams to fabricate and
weld a griddle and grill by following

guideline drawings, as well as compete in a cookoff.
"FABTECH is all about creating
opportunity for those in manufacturing," says Joe Krall, AWS show
co-manager, FABTECH. "If you look
across our industries, there is tremendous opportunity for young people
in terms of employment and professional advancement. Having these
exceptionally talented students at
FABTECH lets them witness firsthand
what their bright futures could hold,
and we're excited to see them show off
their skills at the competition."
Working from special "Welding
Thunder" road-rig trailers, the student teams supplied the required bill

Hot Competition

FABTECH 2016 invited high school and college-level
student teams to fabricate grills and compete in
a cookoff. The schools that participated this year
included:

> Arizona Western College Ernest Lopez Welding
Institute - Yuma, Arizona

> Chaffey High School - Ontario, California
> Central Arizona College - Coolidge, Arizona
> Cortez High School - Phoenix
> Cuesta College - San Luis Obispo, California
> East Career & Technical Academy - Sunrise
Manor, Nevada

> East Valley Institute of Technology -
Mesa, Arizona

> Flagstaff High School - Flagstaff, Arizona
> La Mirada High School - La Mirada, California
> Mingus High School - Cottonwood, Arizona
> Mohave Community College - Kingman, Arizona
> Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of

Mesa, Arizona

> Western Maricopa Education Center -
Glendale, Arizona

> Yuma High School - Yuma, Arizona

of materials and used their own tools
to make their creations. They were allowed to use additional building materials - their "secret components"
- to further customize their projects.
On the second day of the contest, the
students used their newly built grilling equipment to battle each other in
a steak-and-eggs cook off.
"Welding Thunder 2016 means the
world to me, not just as a student at
Arizona Western College, but as a
person as well," says Eddie Gamez,
welding technology major at the Arizona Western College Ernest Lopez Welding Institute. "With this
year's competition being in Las Vegas at FABTECH, going on this trip
is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
compete as a fabricator with a great
team of people." mt
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