March 21, 2024

MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Approximately 145 local high school students will demonstrate their skills in the annual welding competition and new Design Engineering skills competition Friday, March 22, on the Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Shoals campus.

Student competes during 2023 NWSCC high school welding competition
Student competes during 2023 NWSCC high school welding competition

The welding competition will feature four contests: 7018 (stick welding), 6010 (stick welding), Flux-Core (wire welding), and Torch. Each school will be divided between Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, Non Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, and Agriculture department students. Judges for the competition will consist of business and industry partners. The Design Engineering skills competition will feature five contests: 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Architectural Design, Print Reading and Engineering Technology/Design.

Who: Local high schools competing will include: Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, Cherokee High School, Colbert County High School, Colbert Heights High School, Collinwood High School (TN), Deshler High School, Florence High School, Franklin County Career Technical Center, Haleyville High School, Hardin County High School (TN), Lawrence County Career Technical Center (AL), Lawrence County High School (TN), Loretto High School (TN), Muscle Shoals Career Academy, Russellville High School, and Wayne County High School (TN).

When: Friday, March 22, 2024; Competitions will run from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Competitions will be held in the Design Engineering (Bldg. 105) and Welding (Bldg. 108) buildings on the NWSCC Shoals campus; 800 George Wallace Blvd., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661


About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,250 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, athletic and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit