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PCC Welders Take First in AWS Competition

PCC welding students Jeremiah Vernon, Justin Shearin and John Grillo, left to right, hold up the sculpture they welded earlier this month to take first place in a competition that featured teams from community colleges throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

WINTERVILLE—Three Pitt Community College welding students topped their peers from community colleges throughout North Carolina and Virginia this month to claim first place in the 13th Annual American Welding Society (AWS) Carolina-Virginia Welding Competition.

John Grillo, Justin Shearin and Jeremiah Vernon represented PCC in the May 3 competition, which featured a total of 11 teams and took place at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. They were accompanied by Pitt welding instructors Craig Lane and Charles Newkirk.

As part of the competition, Grillo, Shearin and Vernon were asked to weld scrap metal into an artistic sculpture that centered on this year’s competition theme: “Welding: Past, Present and Future.” The finished product had to be free-standing and balanced, and all welds and cuts were visually inspected to ensure they met AWS standards.

Members of each three-person team were required to describe their design’s creation to competition judges, who also considered artistic expression, creativity, weld quality, and overall team performance in determining a winner.