Mission statement

The FDTC Welding Sculpture Competition is a collaboration between the arts, manufacturing and education in the Pee Dee region to create an awareness of Florence-Darlington Technical College's educational offerings and to provide scholarships for welding students in key industry growth areas.

Description of FDTC Welding Rodeo

The Welding Sculpture Competition sponsored by ESAB Welding and Cutting Products, in short, is a non-profit cultural activity combining welding and fabricating skills with artistic aesthetics. The competition will take place in conjunction with Francis Marion University's Arts International on the FMU's Campus in Florence, South Carolina, in an eight-hour event, involving professional and amateur competitors from all over the Pee Dee. Teams of four artist-welders will compete against time and one another to create a full-scale metal sculpture from a large pile of donated steel scrap materials, using creative ingenuity and provided welding tools.

At the end of the competition, the sculptures will be judged by an independent panel of jurors, and winners chosen. Prizes furnished by ESAB Welding and Cutting Products will be awarded to the top teams. All sculptures will be subject to purchase by the public through a Live Auction. The proceeds from the Auction will benefit the FDTC Welding Technology Student Scholarship Fund.