SOUTH WHITLEY – Continuing a tradition that began twelve years ago, six Whitko High School students took the American Welding Society, Welder Certification Test in late July.
This test would have normally been administered in late April but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s participants had their opportunity to shine while following social distancing guidelines and masking procedures. Passing students earned a worldwide recognized certification in either the Gas Metal Arc Welding process or the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding process.
The test consisted of an American Welding Society D-1 or D-9 work procedure sheet. Each student prepared and produced the required test specimens. The specimens then had to pass a visual inspection and a bend test. The testing was overseen and directed by AWS Certified Welding Inspector Jeremiah Paseka.
The Whitko students passing the testing were: Braxton Coburn, Aiden Hoffman, Axle Rodriguez, Karter Shepherd, Brent Studebaker, and Bhrett Weese.