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Fontana High Welding Program Takes Top Honors in American Welding Society, SkillsUSA Competitions

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Fontana High School welding students scored top honors at recent regional and state competitions, showcasing the highly regarded program’s range of strengths.

At the SkillsUSA California State Leadership and Skills Conference, held April 27 at UTI, Rancho Cucamonga, FoHi sophomore Angel Garcia and senior Eduardo Perales won gold and silver medals respectively in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), while senior Steven Nava won gold in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).

At the American Welding Society (AWS) Los Angeles/Inland Empire Welding Competition and Career Fair, held April 7 at Fontana High, junior Christian Garcia won first place and a Fronius multi-process welding machine while Steven Nava took fourth place in a SMAW welding event.

“Fontana welding students showed remarkable skills and poise, we are all so proud of them,” FoHi CTE welding instructor Robert Moreno said. “Professional welders are in great demand, especially for students who are willing to travel to where the work is. FoHi welding students are developing the skills they need to compete for these high-paying jobs.”

Moreno, who is both a certified welding educator (CWE) and inspector (CWI), has overseen the FoHi CTE program since 2009, teaching nearly 100 students each year and assembling the welding shop that helps prepare students for employment in the manufacturing and structural steel industries.

Moreno’s students receive comprehensive training that covers nearly every skill needed to be a professional welder or fabricator using such processes as stick (SMAW), wire (GMAW), flux-core (FCAW), oxy-fuel (OAW), GTAW, fabrication and processes using metal inert gas (MIG) and tungsten inert gas (TIG).

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