Student Robotic Welding Competition

Student Robotic Welding Competition

Dec 5, 2016 - Dec 8, 2016 RTP – Robotics Technology Park, Huntsville, AL

It’s the First Annual Student Robotic Welding Competition.

Student contestants have the chance to show their robotic arc welding skills and knowledge in a two and a half day competition. The competition involves a series of project base activities requiring hands-on skills along with fundamental and safety written examinations. Each of the series of activities and written exams are based on a 2 hour time frame. Contestants will be required to have a thorough knowledge of robotic programming, safety, and weld inspection. All portions of the contest will be judged on comprehension, ability, and accuracy, of robot execution and quality of the completed welded project.

General Information

Hotel Information

Homewood Suites – Village of Providence
15 Town Center Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256-895-9511

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  • 1st Place Winner - $1,000
  • 2nd Place Winner - $500
  • 3rd Place Winner - $250

Safety Rules & Regulations

  • Normal sheet metal PPE consisting of proper attire: Said attire should include proper work boots , loose fitting and non-ornamental clothing, Kevlar impregnated gloves, proper eye protection for both chips and UV.
  • Depending on the fabrication process: Kevlar protective sleeves.
  • Depending on the use of overhead equipment during the preparation of the coupon sample or assembly: Use of ASTM hard hats
  • Temperature sticks or temperature pyrometer.
  • If the samples must be de-burred, depending on the process used, breathing protection. At a minimum a personal filter type respirator may be required

Checklist: Confirm the review of D16.1, D16.2 and the AWS Z49 safety series.

Competition Drawing

Competition Results


1st Place: Riley Ogilvie, Conestoga College, Carlisle, Canada
2nd Place: Lu Quan Li - Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
3rd Place: Huang Li Cong – Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

The Student Robotic Welding Competition sponsored by the American Welding Society, Miami, Fla., took place December 5–8 at the Robotics Technology Park, Huntsville, Ala. Riley Ogilvie earned first place followed by Lu Quan Li in second place and Huang Li Cong in third place. They displayed their robotic arc welding skills and knowledge over a two-and-a-half-day competition. It involved a series of project- based activities, requiring hands-on robotic skills with technology fundamentals, and industrial safety written ex aminations. Each of the series of activities and written exams were based on a 2-h time frame.

Sean Moran, the competition’s chairman, noted this first-time event challenged students in various ways. “Each contestant was provided with materials and instructions to construct a functioning metal mail box in a series of four operations. Each of the operations was performed on one of four different brands of robots. Therefore, not only were the competitors challenged with the call out of assembly instructions, each of these instructions required the use of a different robot operating system,” Moran said.

All portions were judged on comprehension, ability, and accuracy of the robot execution as well as the completed steel mail box quality. The welding project design was done by Chris Gandee of Lincoln Electric. The project assembly fixtures were designed by James Shelley of American Hydro. Judging was performed by Jeff Noruk of Servo Robot.



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