Booneville High School student Brandon McGee was recognized last week for placing in two categories of the Welding Rodeo competition held last month at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

The competition hosted high school students from western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma to compete in three categories – MIG welding, ARC welding and cutting. McGee placed first in the ARC welding category and second in MIG welding.

McGee began welding in high school and entered the competition after finding out about it from his welding instructor.

“I got really excited when I found out I won,” he said. “I was kind of surprised I won, because I figured with all the people, there would be a lot more talent than what I had.”

After graduation, McGee plans on joining the Army and eventually wants to work in a welding-related career.

The welding technology program at UAFS teaches students theories and practical skills that prepare them for jobs in the welding field. The emphasis covers layout techniques, blueprint reading, SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW welding processes.

Students may earn an associate degree, technical certificate and/or certificates of proficiency. Program credit hours may also be applied to the Bachelor of Applied Science at UAFS.

For more information on the UAFS welding program, contact Danielle Jolie, director of academic services, at 479-788-7784 or