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Welding Society Awards 1st Place to Poster Project
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Orange Coast College welding students have captured first place in the American Welding Society (AWS) poster competition for the third year in a row.

Jason Rhoton of Huntington Beach, Lam T. Lam of Garden Grove and Steven Zeal of Fountain Valley submitted the winning poster describing their project, "The Effect of Arc Gap When Using Active Flux." Faculty advisor for the winning entry was David Belzaire. Zeal also participated in last year's winning entry.

The FABTECH conference, held in Las Vegas in late November, is North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event with more than 35,000 visitors and 1,300 exhibitors. The conference includes workshops presenting the latest technology, cutting-edge topics and industry experts.

FABTECH is co-sponsored by five industry-leading associations: the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).

Winning the competition is "a testament to the ability of our students and strength of our program," Bezaire said. He noted that there are many career options for welding students, including inspectors, welding engineers and lab technicians.

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation's top transfer schools. With a student population of 20,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 145 career programs. The college's 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa. For complete details about OCC, visit