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Thu, Feb 29


SLC Welding Lab (Room 00580)

Skills Competition 2024 - Welding

Purpose of the Contest: To provide competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate, both through practical and theoretical application, their skills and knowledge in the industry relevant to: - Safety oriented welding and metal fabrication - Blueprint reading - Welding symbol interpretation

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Skills Competition 2024 - Welding
Skills Competition 2024 - Welding

Time & Location

Feb 29, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST

SLC Welding Lab (Room 00580), 100 Portsmouth Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 5A6, Canada


Committee members:   

Geoff Petznick

Courtney Soucy

Limestone Skills Competition Chairs:   

Becky Mair

Judges:      Claire Jackson

Notes to the participant:

St Lawrence College- room 00580 (welding lab)

All participants must have a basic knowledge of welding operations in order to safely compete in this event.

Prior experience with SMAW and GMAW is required


Registration      8:15 – 8:30 – Welding Lab 00580

Competition/Safety Orientation 8:30-9:00

Competition AM   9:00-11:00

Lunch     11-12:00

Competition PM   12-2:00

Clean-up    2:00-2:30- ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PARTICIPATE in shop clean-up and equipment shut-down

Judging    2:30-3:30 (Judges Only)

Purpose of the Contest:

To provide competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate, both through practical and theoretical application, their skills and knowledge in the industry relevant to:

  • Safety oriented welding and metal fabrication
  • Blueprint reading
  • Welding symbol interpretation

Skills and Knowledge to be tested:

Practical 100%

  • General safety on arc welding equipment and safe working habits
  • Selection of arc welding electrodes by their CSA metric classification
  • Shielding gases for GMAW
  • Blueprint reading ability (dimensions will be provided in metric - mm only)
  • Transfer of information from blueprint to the project
  • Layout, position, fit and tack weld components
  • Welding with various processes, SMAW, GMAW
  • Interpretation and application of welding symbols
  • Cleaning of finished welds


  • P.P.E. required – Safety Glasses and Safety Boots
  • Safe work procedures
  • Basic hazard awareness

Project: Mild Steel Weldment (4 hours 100%)


  • 1G root (flat)
  • 1G fill & cap (flat)
  • 2G root (horizontal)
  • 2G fill & cap (horizontal)
  • 3G root, fill, & cap (vertical)
  • 2F (horizontal)
  • 3F (vertical)
  • 5F (multi position)
  • ALL SMAW will use 7018- 1/8 or 3/32


  • 1G root & fill (flat)
  • 2G root & fill (horizontal)
  • 2F Fillet (horizontal)
  • GAS 75/25 Argon/CO2

*Contest drawings will be available the day of the competition


No Interview required at this competition!

Clothing Requirements:

The competitor must supply and wear the appropriate clothing and protective gear:

  • Safety eye wear (must include side shields) and hearing protection
  • Long pants and T-shirt (NO muscle shirts or long, oversized shirts)
  • Proper work attire is required-No loose baggy clothing, no rolled cuffs, clothing should be fire     retardant, cotton or leather coats suggested
  • No inappropriate slogans or messages
  • No jewelry- No hanging chains, long hanging earrings, etc.
  • No Hats or Caps
  • No Cell phone or texting- Phones must be off during competition! ANY use of phone will          result in point deduction!
  • No school identification to be worn.
  • Work boots, Green PATCH, steel toe mandatory

** Please note: Failure to wear personal protective equipment in an appropriate manner will result in loss of marks.  More than one warning may result in competitor being disqualified from contest.

Equipment and Materials:

Supplied by Committee:

  • All power sources, consumables and test materials. All material will be cut to size.
  • Materials will be 2” SCH 40 pipe & 1/4 plate.
  • Pedestal grinder will be allowed for clean-up and joint prep
  • Number stamps

Provided by the Competitor:

  • Combination square set
  • File
  • Tape measure or ruler (metric, millimetres)
  • Soap stone
  • Scriber, pen, pencil
  • Vise grip, clamps, magnets
  • Chipping hammer
  • Wire brush
  • Cold chisel
  • Hammer
  • Center punch
  • Mig pliers, needle nose
  • All safety equipment as outlined below in “Safety” section

Contestants may bring other tools not listed but they must be approved by Committee Chair in advance.

Please ensure that all tools the students are bringing are labeled with their names or are identifiable as to which school they belong to.


Safety is a priority at the Qualifying Competitions. At the discretion of the Judges and Committee Members, any competitor can be removed from the competition site for not having the proper safety equipment or for not acting in a safe manner. Competitors must bring the following safety equipment to be worn during the contest:

1. CSA approved eyewear worn during all activities (including side shields for prescription eyewear).*

2. CSA approved safety footwear*

3. Welding helmet (#10 lens minimum and auto darkening helmets must be CSA approved)*

4. Welding gloves*

5. Speed lenses are permitted*

6. Proper shop attire is to be worn (no loose straps, baggy sleeves). Any attire that is deemed unsafe by competition judges will not be permitted.*

7. Jewellery such as rings, bracelets and necklaces, or any items deemed unsafe by competition judges, shall be removed.*

*Competition judges will have final authority on matters of safety.

Notes to teacher / adviser:  Please ensure any tools or equipment that is used for the purpose of the event is checked before the student arrives.

Clean-up of the entire work area is mandatory for all competitors and will take place after the judged portion of the competition. Judges will not mark projects of any student who is not present during the clean-up portion of the competition.

No project will be marked of any student who is disqualified. (see comp rules above)

No student will be excused until clean-up activities are complete.


Judging Criteria

Evaluation Scoring

Safety 10



Fitting 20

Total: 100

* A minimum score of 60% will be required to receive any ribbon or medal or to be eligible to advance to the Skills Canada Regional Competition.

As the rules state, there are no ties. If the score is even after the contest, the SMAW component will be used as the tie breaker.

Instructions for student participation in the Regional Event will be given at this time.

Once Judging is complete, all decisions will be final.

Should you have any questions about this scope please contact the competition chairs:

Becky Mair

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