By, Brenda Fisher
UBATC welder wins national competition
It seems like everything Chandler Vincent touches turns to gold. The former Uintah Basin Applied Technology College student is making a name for himself in the welding world. Vincent recently placed first in the nation for the 2017 U.S. Welding trials, earning a $40,000 scholarship and the right to represent Team U.S.A. at the world championship in Abu Dhabi in October.
“I’m really excited to go to Abu Dhabi to wear the Team U.S.A. jacket and represent the United States of America,” Vincent said. “Words can’t process the feelings I have making it this far. Going to Abu Dhabi will probably be one of the peaks in my life. I can’t wait to go.”
Vincent’s journey into welding started in high school. On the verge of dropping out, Vincent said his mother urged him to try the welding program at UBATC. It was a match made in heaven and one that would mold the rest of his life.
In addition to his trip in October, Vincent will have the opportunity to travel to China, Russia and Australia over the next six months in preparation for the competition in Abu Dhabi. Vincent competed against welders from China, Russia, Canada and Australia during the welding trials.
“I set a goal for myself to the be the U.S. representative in the 2017 pre-trials and I’ve worked every day for the past two years to reach this goal,” he said. “This is a huge stepping stone to the major goal of winning the gold in Abu Dhabi.”
Vincent was judged on several welding projects including a large pressure vessel, two sheet metal projects that are gas/tungsten arc welded and a set of five test plates that are destructively tested. The pressure vessel gets hydrostatically tested to 1,000 PSI and then checked for leaks.
“We are so proud of Chandler. He has been a shining star with UBATC since he started here. We are elated about his national accomplishment and representing the United States of America at the world championship,” UBATC President Aaron Weight said.
Learning how to weld hasn’t been too difficult for Vincent, but he said it takes dedication, time management skills and putting in the hours to improve. It’s a constant process, and Vincent loves every second. He said he plans to reopen his welding shop in Roosevelt after he finishes school at Utah State University Eastern in Price and may find himself back at UBATC teaching students in a similar position to his when he started.
“Learning from your mistakes is something I’ve taken from this,” he said. “I’ve learned to learn. I can do a project, evaluate it and better it the next time.”
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