Welding student awarded AWS Scholarship

Savannah Technical College Welding student Dylan Youghn has been selected to receive the Wayne J. Engeron Scholarship by the American Welding Society Atlanta Section.

Youghn is the vice chairman for the AWS Student Chapter at Savannah Tech. He competed on the SkillsUSA 2023 Fabrication Team and placed second at the 2023 Xcel Welding Competition. He has maintained a 3.5 GPA and is on track to graduate in Spring 2024.

Welding & Joining Technology training prepares students for careers in all types of welding including shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flux cored arc. Graduates master all types of welding with a degree or diploma or may take short-term technical certificates of credit to focus on specific types of welding. Welding and Joining Technology is offered at the Savannah and Effingham campuses, along with welding labs in Hinesville and Richmond Hill, Ga. Welding diploma graduates have had a 100% placement in field for the past four academic years (AY19-22).

For more information about Welding and Joining, contact STC Industrial Technology Advisor at 912.443.5859 or

About American Welding Society

Founded in 1919, the American Welding Society is a nonprofit organization with a global mission: to advance the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide, including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying.

By fostering knowledge, embracing change, and providing real-world opportunities through scholarships, fellowships, and workforce development, AWS provides the tools to help members succeed—and to inspire future generations of welding professionals. The AWS Foundation awards over $2 million annually for education and training in welding and related fields.

Photo (left to right): Rene Engeron (American Welding Society – Atlanta Section Secretary), Dylan Youghn (Student/Recipient), Ernest D’Alto (Owner/Employer – Thunderbolt Marina), Tracy Thompson-Lee (Human Resource Manager – Thunderbolt Marina), Robert Trudelle (American Welding Society – Atlanta Section Chairman), Daryl Peterson(American Welding Society – District 5 Director)

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