Tyler Gangl of Pierz, a welding student at Central Lakes College recently received $100 from the American Welding Society. He won the Gas Metal Arc category at Behind the Mask, a competition held at Anoka Technical College, sponsored by AWS. Gangl, 19, is one of 14 CLC welding students among the more than 100 students and professionals who competed in Gas Metal Arc and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding processes. Instructors and professionals competed in Shielded Metal Arc welding and Oxy Acetylene Cutting processes. With the use of welding equipment provided by Anoka Technical College, contestants were provided a blueprint, materials, and filler material to complete the given weld. Each was given 25 minutes to interpret the blueprint, welding symbols, tolerances, and measure, assemble, tack, and weld the components to specifications. An AWS-certified weld inspector judged the results using criteria based on industry standard.
Gangl is familiar with welding and mechanical devices. He was raised on a family dairy farm and for several years has welded as part of duties during employment at farm operations in the Pierz area.
The top three contestants in each of the four categories were awarded cash prizes from the American Welding Society Northwest Section 19 committee.
“Tyler is a top first-year student who is fully engaged in learning the trade of welding,” said Mike Reeser, CLC instructor. “It is because of his keen eye, thorough examination of the blueprint, and ability to apply this knowledge in the given time allotment that Tyler was able to perform at this level.”
This was the first time CLC has competed in Behind the Mask, which is a precursor to the Skills USA competition March 23-26 in the Twin Cities.
Other CLC students participating in the competition at Anoka were Ruben Martinez, Stephanie Burley, Jon Nieman, Paula DeMars, Chris Hillman, and Shawn McQuiod, all of Brainerd; Jordan Hultgren, Pepin, Wis.; Jesse St. Marie, Bemidji; Seth Strassburg, Burtrum; Jennifer Koering, Ft. Ripley; Bradley Pierson, Wadena; Brent Best, Nisswa; and Brady Loftis, Pillager.
Students who are scheduled for Skills USA competition include Blake Roth, Deerwood; Matt Rutske, Nisswa; Dustin Hines, Brainerd; and Pierson, Strassburg, Martinez, Hultgren, St. Marie, Koering, and Loftis.
For information about the welding program at Central Lakes College or this competition contact Reeser at 218-855-8086 or firstname.lastname@example.org