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STC Welding Grad Takes Silver in National Competition

May 14, 2014 - Demetris Lawson, a Southeastern Technical College Welding & Joining Technology graduate, continues to succeed in his field, earning second place in a recent national construction competition while representing the company who employed him directly after graduation.

Lawson, a Robins & Morton craft professional, won the silver medal in the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championship welding-pipe division in Birmingham, Ala., on May 2. Lawson was among 156 craft professionals contending for top honors in 13 crafts.

“Demetris showed a lot of potential as a student, so his success with Robins & Morton and the welding competition comes as no surprise to me,” said Michael Crumpler, Lawson’s welding instructor at STC. “I am both delighted and honored to have played a small role as his welding instructor while he was at Southeastern Technical College.”

Lawson, of Reidsville, is currently employed at the CARBO project in Millen, where he works as an iron worker helper. In 2013, he graduated from Southeastern Tech, a Robins & Morton accredited training and education facility where he completed welding levels 1, 2 and 3. He continues to participate in welding training that includes safety, welding quality, equipment setup and blueprint reading.

“We are proud of what Demetris and our entire workforce development staff has accomplished,” said Bryson Edmonds, senior vice president of Robins & Morton’s Power & Industrial division. “Providing career training and advancement for our workforce is a core value of Robins & Morton.”

As a premier event partner, Robins & Morton worked with the ABC Alabama chapter and played an integral role in bringing ABC’s National Craft Championships to Birmingham for the second year in a row. Several Robins & Morton employees donated their time and professional services to the event.

“We believe that if we train and support our people, it paves the way to a safer place to work where employees can grow and be productive,” said Mittie Cannon, director of workforce development at Robins & Morton.

Robins & Morton’s National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accredited training program provides craft professionals with industry skills and knowledge to advance their career. In addition to recruiting its own employees, Robins & Morton also works with local technical schools to extend the classroom learning opportunities into the field.

The National Craft Championships competition was developed in 1987 to help celebrate and recognize craft training in construction careers. Each year, the competition draws some of the nation’s most talented craftspeople and highlights the important role that craft skills training plays in the construction industry.

For more information on welding careers, visit or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.

Demetris Lawson (center) receives a silver medal with Mike Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (left), and Greg Sizemore, 2014 National Craft Championship (NCC) committee chair, at the conclusion of the NCC in Birmingham on May 2.