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Welding Competition


Walters State Community College
Advanced Manufacturing Training Building
109 Asheville Hwy.
Greeneville, TN 37743


Gerald Austin
Welding Education and Trainer


Thank you to our sponsors who are making this competition possible.


C&C Millright


Lincoln Electric

Worthington Industries

Find out how your welding skills compare to your peers. See how you perform under pressure. Meet welders from all over East Tennessee. Now is your chance!

Welding Competition : May 20 - 21, 2016

All competitors must be present at 7AM for instructions for weld times.

May 20, 2016, 7AM - 5:30PM
May 21, 2016, 7AM - Noon
May 21, 2016, Noon - TBD


Winners in the student divisions will be awarded a combination of training time and products/services donated by local industries and suppliers.

The first place winner in the open divisions will be awarded all entry fees collected for that division. Second place winners will be awarded a combination of training time and products/services donated by local industries and suppliers.

All entrants will be eligible for door prizes donated by local industries, suppliers and Walters State Community College.


Register Online

Register online by selecting the link associated with your division below.


Request a registration link from Kellie Hendrix.
You must include the welding division number in your request.


Register in Person

Walters State Community College
Niswonger Campus
215 N. College St.
Greeneville, TN 37745

Entry Fees

High School Student Divisions (1A, 1B, 1C)

  • Registration Fee $5.00
  • Entry Fee: N/A

Other Student Divisions (2A, 2B, 2C)

  • Registration Fee $5.00
  • Entry Fee: N/A

Open Divisions (3A, 3B, 3C)

  • Registration Fee $5.00
  • Entry Fee: $20.00*
    Entry fees will be awarded as prize for first place.
    * $20.00 Fee must be paid in cash prior to start of welding.


High School Student Divisions

Open to high school students/2016 graduates who have not been employed as a welder.

  • (1A) Entry Level Student
    An individual who has completed no more than one year of training in a high school class that has welding as part of the curriculum but is not designated as a welding class (Ex: Ag classes).
    Register for (1A) Entry Level Student
  • (1B) Intermediate Level Student
    An individual who has completed more than one year of training in a high school class that has welding as part of the curriculum but is not designated as a welding class or has completed no more than one year in a class specifically designated as a welding class.
    Register for (1B) Intermediate Level Student
  • (1C) Advanced Student
    An individual who has exceeded the training time listed for entry level and advanced students.
    Register for (1C) Advanced Student

Other Student Divisions

Open to students who do not meet any of the requirements for the high school student division and have been employed as a welder for no longer than one year.

  • (2A) High School Graduate
    An individual who has completed any amount of training in high school, graduated prior to 2016, and has not participated in any training outside of high school.
    Register for (2A) High School Graduate
  • (2B) Attending Student
    An individual enrolled in any training program (high school or other) related to welding but has less than 500 hours of training.
    Register for (2B) Attending Student
  • (2C) Senior Student
    An individual enrolled in any training program related to welding who has more than 500 hours of training.
    Register for (2C) Senior Student

Instructors are welcome to observe, but may not provide coaching after the student begins welds.

Open Divisions

Any individual may enter the divisions below provided they meet the requirements of that division.

Competition Format

Each competitor will complete three welds and one written examination.


Each participant will complete three welds. Details for the welds will be announced the day of the contest. The welds will be made using three different processes and will all be on carbon steel. All welds will be designed as single or multi pass welds with no more than three beads required on any single weld.

  • SMAW Welds will be with 1/8” E6010 and/or 1/8” E7018.
  • GMAW Welds will be with .035” ER70S-6 using short circuit (75/25), pulse, or spray transfer.
  • GTAW Welds will be with 3/32” or 1/8” ER70S-2

Each division will perform a unique group of welds. Participants will be provided written specifications and acceptance criteria for each weld, which may or may not include machine settings and parameters. Instructions will be provided on the basic operation of machines.

Destructive testing may be performed on welds at the discretion of the judges. Some weld scoring may be performed using the Lincoln Electric RealWeld Trainer.

Written Examination

Participants will be given a quiz consisting of 20 questions. The written exam will be timed. Each division will have it’s own unique quiz.


Judging of completed welds will be performed by three judges with no knowledge of the competitor.

Judging Criteria

  1. Conformance to all safety requirements.
  2. Conformance to specifications.
  3. Visual appearance.
  4. Pass/fail results of destructive tests, if required.
  5. Written exam.

GMAW Welds may be scored by the use of real-time weld-tracking equipment.

Welds not meeting minimum specifications will not be judged.