This coming week is the WorldSkills 2011 competition—an event held every other year where young people from across the world will face off for the right to be called the best at their given skill. The United States will be sending a select group of 17 individuals to compete, among them the winner of the SkillsUSA national welding contest, Brad Clink.
For the challenge, the WorldSkills welding competitors will have to fabricate various mild steel pieces using different processes for different joints. The welders will also have to complete two sheet metal projects using TIG welding methods. It is, more or less, the olympics for welding.
And while Mr. Clink and his competitors are displaying their welding prowess, event attendees are also given the opportunity to try their hand at welding and learn about the concepts behind welding through WorldSkills’ various “Have A Go” activities. At an autobody repair booth, attendees can have a go at resistance spot welding. Meanwhile, at another booth, attendees can try their hand at virtual welding and even chocolate welding.
Yes, you read that correctly. Chocolate welding. I have to give a shoutout to the folks over at the VRTEX virtual welding Facebook page for finding out what in the world chocolate welding is at my request. You can see an example of chocolate joining here. It is, in fact, engineering with chocolate as the joining medium. Both innovative and delicious.
While the WorldSkills competition is taking place over in London, the idea of a “Have a Go” is a great idea that could easily be adapted at distributor open houses, grand openings and demo days. Whether it’s through actual welding, virtual welding or chocolate welding, any time you can expose people to the field of welding, it’s a good thing. And who knows, you might even get some people to show up just for the chocolate welding.
Meet the U.S. welding representative at WorldSkills and learn how he’s preparing for the competition in the video below:
Watch this video on YouTube.