STC Students to Represent Major U.S. Contractor in National Competition
April 16, 2013 - Southeastern Technical College students are no strangers to large competitions, but it’s rare that a nationally acclaimed company selects STC students to represent it in a national competition.
Hosam Helmy and Demetris Lawson are in this unique position, having been selected by Robins & Morton, a construction and engineering company ranked in the top 100 U.S. builders in Engineering News-Record Magazine, to compete in the National Craft Championship (NCC) in Birmingham on April 30 – May 3.
“I was excited, and I’m still excited,” said Helmy. “I’ve got a lot of practice I want to get done, but I’m going to be ready.”
The NCC, sponsored by Associated Builder and Contractors (ABC), highlights craft trainees demonstrating their skills and knowledge during an intense written exam and practical performance test.
Helmy, from Vidalia, and Lawson, from Reidsville, were selected after Dr. Mittie Cannon, Robins & Morton’s director of workforce development, spoke to a group of welding students on STC’s Vidalia campus. Their instructor, Michael Crumpler, was approached by Cannon, whom he had worked with in the past, about promising students.
“She asked me if I had any students about to graduate that they could possibly hire for [Robins & Morton’s new] Millen project,” Crumpler said. “Then, she mentioned the National Craft Championship and asked which students I thought would do well.”
Helmy and Lawson had impressed Crumpler with their skill and work ethic, so he recommended them to Cannon—Helmy for pipe welding, Lawson for structural welding.
“They have both shown me that this is more than just taking a few classes for them,” said Crumpler. “They want to do this as a career. They’re serious about this.”
Crumpler’s confidence in his students is reciprocated in Helmy and Lawson.
“I feel pretty good about our chances,” said Lawson. “Mr. Crumpler’s going to help us, and he’s good.”
“A heck of a welder,” Helmy continued.
Both plan on spending as much time as possible with Crumpler and his lab equipment before leaving for Birmingham. Crumpler, for his part, believes his students are ready.
“I think they will do well, not only in the hands-on portion, but the written test as well,” said Crumpler. “Both of the guys’ welding knowledge is very, very good. They know this stuff.”
For more information on opportunities in welding, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.