Jerry Thomas, a Pikeville resident and second-year welding student at the Chattanooga State Sequatchie-Bledsoe site, placed second in the third annual competition sponsored by the American Welding Society, earning a 3G Certification for his skill in performing a vertical up without backing technique.
Mr. Thomas, 21, was one of 83 contestants who competed against other second-year welding students. Sequatchie-Bledsoe instructor Brian Couch said, “Jerry was selected for the competition because honestly, he has surpassed all his fellow students in the class. He doesn't miss class at all; if he is asked to help another student out, he is always willing. Jerry will graduate at the end of the 2012fall semester, and he will make someone an excellent welding employee, I have no doubt!”
Mr. Thomas began his love of welding in high school. Following graduation from Bledsoe County High School, he waited three years before deciding that he wanted to make welding his career and enrolled in the welding program at Chattanooga State. His goal following graduation is to pursue employment with local union 43 in Chattanooga.
Jerry Thomas with instructor Brian Couch.