MCTC was host to the “Behind the Mask” welding competition sponsored by the American Welding Society on Feb. 26. During the event, around 100 welding students from across Minnesota and Wisconsin competed in categories including gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and oxy-acetylene cutting.
In addition to participating in the competition, MCTC welding students managed traffic flow, set up booths with prints and materials, supervised the contestants and timed each competition.
MCTC Welding Instructor Todd Bridigum reports that the event was a big success. “This was the third time MCTC has hosted Behind the Mask,” he said. “A lot of work goes into an event like this.”
The American Welding Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of welding. The Northwest section of the AWS uses part of the money earned during this event to pay for scholarships for students in various welding programs across the state, including MCTC.