Coastal Pines Welding Student Wins Nationwide Welding Competition

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Recently, David Campbell, a Welding student on the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Jesup campus entered and won a virtual welding competition hosted by David is a second-semester welding student taught by instructor Shane Dowling. held their first-ever, virtual welding competition where both students and professional welders could submit a weld sample to be judged by Chris King, Director of Skilled Training at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, and Certified Welding Inspector. Contestants entering the competition had to submit a sample weld of 3G open root V-groove with a 6010 root, 7018 fill and cap, which is covered in the Weld 1060 class, a class that David hasn’t completed yet. David spent his spare time welding several samples for instructor Shane Dowling to inspect and together they chose the best sample to submit for the competition. On June 20th, David found out that he won the student division in the first-ever Virtual Welding Competition Bend Test. This nationwide competition was a great way to test his ability and show off his skills as a welding student. David will be flown to Largo, Florida to tour the headquarters, to pick up an Everlast welding machine, welding gloves, a Bohler welding helmet, a Metabo grinder, and several other prizes for his hard work.

Congratulations to David Campbell and instructor Shane Dowling for a job well done! Coastal Pines Technical College is proud to have students representing us well in the field. For more information on the welding program at CPTC, visit