NDSCS hosts the Annual American Welding Society Behind The Mask Competition

Student welding during contest

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) partnered with the American Welding Society (AWS) to host the annual Behind The Mask competition for high school and college students. The competition, which took place at the NDSCS Wahpeton campus on April 20th, saw ninety high school and college students from North Dakota and Minnesota compete for the top prize.

The competition is designed to challenge each student’s welding skills and to provide them with a platform to present their skills to the welding industry. Behind The Mask is judged by industry professionals who evaluate participants on safety, quality of welds, and the ability to follow AWS welding standards. Students from high schools in Wahpeton, Mandan, Minot, Grafton, Valley City and Fargo, as well as college students from NDSCS, Alexandria Technical College, and Lynnes Welding Training, Inc. all competed in the event.

The competition’s generous sponsors donated all the prizes for the event, which consisted of awards for the top welders in the separate high school and college divisions. All the proceeds from this event go back into AWS scholarships ranging from $500-$2,500 that are available to high school and college students pursuing a welding career. These scholarships help up-and-coming welders pursue their craft and continue to build upon the skills they already have.

The results of the top welders in the high school division include:

  • GMAW (wire)
    • 1st – Ben Klemen (NDSCS-Fargo)
    • 2nd – Colton Prellwitz (Minot)
    • 3rd – Daniel Kryvenia (Minot)
  • SMAW (stick)
    • 1st – Chantz Delzer (Mandan)
    • 2nd – Caeiton Eslinger (Minot)
    • 3rd – Braeden Olavson (Sheyenne Valley Area CTE)

The results of the top welders in the college division include:

  • GMAW (wire)
    • 1st – Jarred Maleska (Alexandria Technical & Community College)
    • 2nd – Shadera Burian (NDSCS)
    • 3rd – Tyler Heida (Alexandria Technical & Community College)
  • SMAW (stick)
    • 1st – Dexter Seese (NDSCS)
    • 2nd – Parker Meyer (Alexandria Technical & Community College)
    • 3rd – Colin Lenieux (NDSCS)

“We are excited to have partnered with AWS to provide this unique opportunity for welding students,” said Lee Larson, Associate Professor of NDSCS Welding and AWS Northwest Chairman. “The competition was a great opportunity for students to get feedback from industry experts and gain valuable welding experience.”

The AWS Behind The Mask Competition is a great way to showcase the talents of welders, while also providing an opportunity for students to gain recognition and financial assistance. NDSCS is proud to be a part of this exciting competition and looks forward to hosting an amazing competition at NDSCS-Fargo next year.

Article written by NDSCS and submitted to external news outlets.