Welding and construction students compete in SkillsUSA; welding teams advance to state

3 boys working on a large piece of metalWaxahachie students affiliated with the student-organization SkillsUSA put their skills to the test at the District 6 Leadership and Skills Conference on Feb. 14. With 15 competitors, nearly a handful will advance to the state competition.

Welding team fabrication —5th place

  • Joseph Perez, senior
  • Bo McQueen, junior
  • Gavin Bone, junior

Welding 1 contest 

  • William Brightwell, sophomore
  • Kaleb Dorsey, sophomore

Twenty-four-Gooseneck/gravity tilt deck trailer — Blue ribbon | State qualifier

  • Joseph Perez, senior
  • Bo McQueen, junior
  • Gavin Bone, junior

Welding application test — 1st place gold medal | State qualifier

  • Jorge Castillo, freshman

Welding application test — 2nd place silver medal

2 boys talk with welding instructor

CONSTRUCTION

A total of eight teams competed in the construction technology event called TeamWorks. Christian Mirabal, Cierra Jones, Francisco Ceron, and Alex Martinez earned fifth-place, while David Ensinia, Ernesto Casas, Marco Gonzalez, and Angel Santiago received second-place.

Teams consisted of four students and were required to build a construction project over three days that demonstrated their ability to work together as a team. Each team was required to understand the project elements based on a detailed blueprint and special instructions presented at the pre-competition orientation. Each team wrote a project completion “action plan” and present as one of the “key” elements of the competition.

During the “construction project,” the team demonstrated their ability to work together with carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry skills. Judging was based on the team’s presentation skills, ability to construct the project per “competition specified” building codes, job site safety, and cleanliness, organized and correct ordering of materials from the competition material depot, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the rate of completion of the project.

3 boys wearing protective eyewear while working on large metal project

TeamWorks is not only a SkillsUSA competition but a way of learning, for each team member, to help maximize their skills for their future.

Students who qualified for Texas SkillsUSA state conference will travel to Corpus Christi, April 2, to test their skills against competitors from across the state. Waxahachie ISD proudly supports these students, teachers, and organizations.

For more information about SkillsUSA events, email Curtis Green, construction science instructor, email Chase Wilson, welding instructor, or call (972) 923-4614.