Scott Braun and Troy Jaeger at Manitowoc Crane Group won the grand prize and the second prize in the American Welding Society's Second Professional Welder Competition at the Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show in Chicago, November 14-16.
Braun won $2,500 and Jaeger won $1,000 while the third place prize of $500 was awarded to Anh H. Nguyen of Louisville, KY, an advanced welder at Kentucky Trailer Services.
The competition attracted 133 participants and involved welding an I-beam to a vertical plate, simulating a beam-to-column weld in the construction of a building. The participants had five minutes to complete the task. Their work was judged on the weld's size and appearance.