HANCEVILLE, ALA. –  Wallace State welding instructor Jim Thompson has been selected to judge the 2017 US Invitational Weld Trials in Decatur next week. The six-day event is at the Robotics Technology Park in Decatur.

Thompson, who is approaching 22 years as a full-time instructor at Wallace State, also serves on the American Welding Society (AWS)/SkillsUSA Team U.S. Welding Competition Committee.

Thompson and other select instructors from across the country have worked extensively over the past six months, judging two competition rounds consisting of 16 different competitors across the country.

“It’s an honor to judge these competitions. It also allows me the opportunity to gain more knowledge at such a highly-skilled event that I can pass on to our students who participate in SkillsUSAs on the state and national level. It’s a win-win,” Thompson said.

Wallace State’s students participate in their state SkillsUSA competition in late April. The national competition is each June.

Under Thompson’s guidance, Wallace State welding has sent multiple students to the national SkillsUSA event.

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