EDINBORO, PA (November 11, 2016) – General McLane High School seniors Cody Brace and Nico Garde have been selected by the James F. Lincoln Foundation Arc Welding Foundation as winners of the 2016 Welding Awards Competition.
Brace earned a Regional Silver Award for his project Car Jack Stands, which included a pair of adjustable jack stands for his car. Garde earned a Regional Bronze award for Tank Forge, a coal fired forge to smith forge steel.
These projects were designed and built in General McLane High School’s metal productions class.
“These students worked very hard to design, fabricate, and then put into writing a well thought out set of plans. The projects were unique and created because the students had a need for something,” said Nick Basko, General McLane High School Technology Education Teacher, who oversees the metal productions class. “Instead of going to the store and buying the item, they gathered materials and built one of their own.”
According to Brace, he developed the idea based on his experience working on cars. He said the adjustable jack stands allow for more versatility. Since creating the car jacks, Brace said he has used them a handful of times.
Garde also created his Tank Forge based on his experience. According to Garde, the wanted to create a forge that would heat up more quickly than the ones he uses at school.
Metal Productions is one of 16 Technology Education classes offered at General McLane High School. This nine-week course is an advanced study of metal material, design, equipment and manufacturing processes. Students examine the processes of manufacturing facilities and the advances that maintain manufacturing efficiency and then create custom metal projects through various manufacturing processes.
FLF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to advancing the field of arc welding through education. Each year, the JFLF’s Welding Awards Program rewards excellence and inspires advancement in the field.
To submit a project to the award program, students create a detailed step-by-step written procedure that includes drawings, bill of materials, cut lists, and safety. These projects will be placed into project book sold and distributed by the foundation.
Students compete among students in their region. Brace and Garde competed with students from 17 different states, including: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.