Sebastian Student Takes Second Place at National Welding Competition

Karsen Nile of Sebastian, Florida.
Karsen Nile of Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – Sebastian student Karsen Nile was the runner-up and received a $500 scholarship to the Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville.

The Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville (TWS) welcomed nearly 300 high school seniors from across the country for its annual Welding Competition.

In a day of fierce competition, Karsen Nile of Sebastian, Florida was the runner-up, beating out hundreds of other students. Nile received a $500 scholarship to TWS to continue his education and training.

The competition itself was a timed arc welding test that required participants to use various positions and techniques to complete. Contestants were graded on adherence to procedure, quality of the weld and final completion time.

“We were happy to host another exciting Welding Competition this weekend, welcoming hundreds of attendees,” said Joe McKinney, Vice President of High School Admissions for TWS. “The competition is open to students who have taken a welding class in high school or at a vocational technical institute, and serves as an opportunity to showcase their skills and invest in their future by learning more about the school’s vocational programs – at the Tulsa, Jacksonville or Houston campuses.”

In addition to the games, the event also included a tour of the facilities, demonstrations by welding equipment manufacturers, and talks from prospective employers, student services, financial aid, and admissions department representatives. Family members even had the opportunity to try their hand at welding and metal cutting to get a taste of what students experience in welding classes.

Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville is a branch campus of Tulsa Welding School that opened in 2001. It offers Professional Welder and Electro-Mechanical Technologies (HVAC-R) programs.

Students learn hands-on, technical competencies and skills in labs, workshops, and classrooms, with a curriculum designed to meet employers’ needs.

Upon program completion, TWS graduates are equipped to start entry-level careers in a variety of industries, ranging from automotive to manufacturing.

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