Gerald Wayne Vick III, of Baton Rouge, won the silver medal in the Instrumentation Fitting competition at last month’s Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Vick was presented the award during ABC’s Careers in Construction awards ceremony on March 6 in Fort Lauderdale.
The National Craft Championships featured a field of nearly 200 craft professionals from 32 states competing for top honors in 15 competitions across 12 crafts, including a new team competition with journey-level craft professionals from five different crafts working to complete a joint project, a news release said.
Competitors first took a two-hour written exam and then competed in daylong hands-on practical performance tests in carpentry, electrical-industrial, electrical-residential, fire sprinkler, HVAC, instrumentation fitting, insulation, millwright, pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, welding-pipe, welding-structural and masonry.
“These winners’ dedication to high-quality craftsmanship, training and safety showcase the very best the construction industry has to offer, and ABC is thrilled to honor them,” said 2015 ABC National Chairwoman Pamela Volm, president of Annapolis Contracting, Inc., in Annapolis, Maryland.
In addition to the silver medal, Vick also received a cash award of $500 from ABC, tools from Hilti and Klein, and a pair of boots from Keen.