CCTC hosts welding skills competition

Local students show their winning talents


Central Carolina Technical College hosted the S.C. Technical System's 36th Annual Welding Skills Competition on April 19 and 20, and CCTC students showed their competitive drive against nine other colleges: Piedmont Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Tri-county Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry Georgetown Technical College, York Technical College and Aiken Technical College.

Six of CCTC's welding students competed in the competition: Sam Debose, Cole Bodiford, David Drummond, Kacey Floyd, Clayton Possert and Derek White. Debose placed third in category one - GTAW tee joints carbon steel and aluminum, GMAW V-groove; Bodiford placed first in category two - SMAW tee joints; Drummond took first in category three - SMAW v-groove; Floyd took eighth in category four, SMAW pipe; Possert placed first in category five - GTAW/SMAW pipe; and White placed second in category six - GTAW stainless steel pipe.

CCTC's nationally recognized welding program prepares students for careers as welding engineers, sales engineers, manufacturing engineers, application engineering, project engineers and managers. For additional information on the program, contact Alex Reis at (803) 778-7863 or visit