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ENMU-R welding students recognized

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ENMU-R welding program instructors, supporters and students are, back row, left to right, Dusty Baker, Michael Lovejoy and Ewan Chowen; and front row, left to right, Hayden Grant, Michael Sais, Guadalupe Ortiz-Soto and Jammie Burrell. (Submitted Photo)

The second annual Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Welding Department banquet was held May 9 at the welding facilities on campus.

Welding students enrolled in the program were invited to attend.

“Throughout the semester, welding students practice and attempt to pass different welding qualification tests,” said Dusty Baker, welding instructor. “Once students pass a qualification weld test by either AWS, API or ASME welding codes, they will receive a certification paper stating they passed that specified weld test. There were a total of 60 certifications awarded at this year’s banquet.”

Baker said the Lovejoy Excellence in Welding Award went to Michael Sais, described as a dedicated, hard-working individual. Sais expects to graduate next spring with an associate of applied science degree in welding technology. Sais received a plaque and a certificate for his achievements. Two runner-up recipients were Guadalupe Ortiz-Soto and Hayden Grant. They each received a certificate.

The evening ended with students playing welding games such as welding trivia hangman where the students have to answer a general knowledge welding questions correctly before they can go into a booth and weld a piece of their hangman together. The first one to complete their hangman wins. Another game was called “The Weakest Link,” where students weld chain links together in a straight line. Weight is then applied until it breaks. The student with the most weight wins. Students also participated in the Print Reading Challenge where students call out the weld symbol that flashes on the board. They have 30 seconds to name as many as possible.

“A big thank you to Michael Lovejoy for the funds to put this together and helping with the ideas for the games,” said Baker, who added that industry companies will be invited next year. For more information about the Welding Technology Program, call Baker at 575-624-7318.