EWC’s Chance Pollo Finishes 7th in the World
December 6 , 2007
TORRINGTON, WY -
EWC graduate Chance Pollo recently traveled to Numazu City, Shizuoka, Japan to compete in the World Skills International Welding Competition. He represented the United States as he finished the competition in 7th place out of 26 countries. He also was awarded the Best of Nation award for Team USA and a medallion for Excellence in scoring over 500 points on a 600-point scale. Pollo scored 521.
Only two points separated the top three competitors so they all received gold medals with no silver or bronze medals awarded. Gold medals went to Canada, Korea, and Japan with scores of 536, 535, and 534 respectively.
"He did an outstanding job, but missed a Radiograph on a 5G-pipe joint and a root bend test on a 3G plate. Having to use equipment and filler metals he was not familiar with did not work in his favor. Many other countries had similar difficulties," added EWC welding instructor Russell Pontarolo.
Pollo spent hours preparing for this International competition. EWC instructors Pontarolo, Leland Vetter, and Stan Nichols spent many hours helping him. He also traveled to several major welding companies across the United States to prepare.
This four day competition drew over 850 competitors from 46 countries/regions. The United States' six-member team finished the competition 27th out of 46.