Surry Community College welding students place in competition

From left, Surry Community College welding students Austin Doub of East Bend, Zachary Sumner of Hillsville, Virginia, second place winner, and Wyatt Brown of Madison, seventh place winner, are pictured with Stewart Harris, American Welding Society Section Chairman, third from left.

DOBSON — Two Surry Community College students earned top spots in the American Welding Society Competition held at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in May.

Zachary Sumner of Hillsville, Virginia, earned second place, and Wyatt Brown of Madison received seventh place in the welding competition. Student Austin Doub of East Bend went to observe the competition and participate if a spot became available. The competition consisted of print reading, fabrication and welding skills. Finished pieces were judged on the competitor’s ability to fabricate the project from the provided print and the quality of the welding on the project. Prizes awarded were provided from vendors that support the competing schools’ welding programs. Lincoln Electric provided a SMAW/GTAW DC welding machine for the first place finish.

Surry Community College offers Welding Technology as a diploma or certificate. The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metalworking industry.

Graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry‐level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and self‐employment. Visit or call Michael Dixon 336-386-­3242 or for more information. Follow the program on at

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