LBCC Welding Fabrication Team SkillsUSA Competition

Linn-Benton Community College’s Welding Fabrication team received high marks in the 47th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City in June.

The LBCC team competed against 17 other college teams to design and build a welding demonstration table, which they drafted and submitted drawings for before the competition.

Each team was provided with the same materials and equipment and allotted six and one-half hours to complete their design. Teams were scored for accuracy, safety, teamwork, drawing quality and complete use of all materials without waste. The LBCC team received high marks for safety and teamwork.

“The entire Skills USA national competition is huge,” said LBCC welding faculty member and team advisor Fred Stuewe. “Thousands of kids come to this week long event.”

LBCC team members include first-year students Tim Burns from Philomath, Matt Perry from Lebanon and Andrew Gustafson from Albany. The team qualified for the national competition after taking first place at the Oregon Skills USA competition held in Milwaukie. In addition to the college teams, about 30 high school teams from around the nation competed in Kasas.

“We wish to thank our supporters who made the trip possible,” said Stuewe. “These activities are very expensive, and we could not do them without help.”

Competitions begin with nearly 10,000 local contests, moving on to district and state contests, and culminating in the national championships held in June. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry leaders using industry standards.

is a national nonprofit organization serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations including health occupations. Formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, or VICA, the conference serves as a showcase of career and technical education students.


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