In late February, 97 welders from all over the state arrived at SCTCC to test their skills in the Behind the Mask competition.
The field of competitors included students from seven colleges and one welding school in Minnesota.
Organized by the American Welding Society, Behind the Mask gives students the opportunity to test their skills by performing welds in a manner that’s similar to what they’ll be asked to do in a job interview.
Students could choose to compete in four categories, each requiring them to perform a different weld. Details of each weld would not be revealed to students until they entered the welding lab for their heat. Then, under the pressure of the timer, they’d perform their welds and turn them in to be judged.
Prizes were awarded for each category, but bragging rights were the top honor.
SCTCC’s Kyle Luberda finished second overall for the GTAW Aluminum weld category. As hosts of the event, many SCTCC Welding students volunteered throughout the daylong event.
“Behind the Mask is always a great event and we were happy to host the event for our region,” said Welding Instructor, Chuck Haus.
“It’s great to see students challenging themselves and trying to raise their standards as skilled welders,” said Haus.