Welding Competition and Signing at West Delaware

Friday was a big day for the West Delaware welding program.

The school held their first-ever welding competition, with a dozen northeast Iowa schools participating. The student welders tried their hand at a weld competition and a math competition and took part in a business fair.

Welding instructor Seth Harms says West Delaware takes part in traveling competitions and had been asked if they would consider hosting an event.

Beckman senior Dan Vorwald was one of three welding students who tied for first in the math portion of the contest.

Along with the welding competition, there was also a welding signing. You’ve seen student athletes sign with the colleges they plan to play at – well, West Delaware did the same thing on Friday for their welding students and the industries they plan to work at.

Four students who just graduated from West Delaware’s new welding apprenticeship program signed with the local industry they plan to work at – Reed Northburg and Jeffrey Ilgen with XL Specialized Trailers, Levi Mullis with Henderson’s and Kaden Baldwin with Paladin Attachments. Mullis says this opportunity means a lot to him.

Northburg says it’s a good feeling to know where your future lies.

Three apprentices who completed the program last fall were also on hand for the signings on Friday – Bo Juran at Henderson’s, Jacob Brown at Paladin and Dakota Waterhouse, who is enjoying his welding job at XL.

Tim Guyer, HR manager at Paladin Attachments in Delhi, says the welding apprenticeship with West Delaware has been a great partnership.

Harms says the welding apprenticeship has been a big success and they plan to keep it going.


photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH