Degrees and Certifications:
Northeast Iowa Community College – Welding – Diploma Marine Corps Engineer School – Welding – Certificate American Welding Society D1.1 1”Unlimited 1G Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Certification American Welding Society D1.1 3/8” 1G Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Certification American Welding Society D1.1 3/8” 2G Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Certification American Welding Society D1.1 3/8” 3G Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Certification American Welding Society D1.1 3/8” 4G Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Certification American Welding Society D9.1 1/16”- 1/4” 2F Gas Metal Arc Welding – Certification American Welding Society D1.3 24ga.- 13ga. 1G Gas Tungsten Arc Welding – Certification OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry – Certification
I will be starting his 26th, year as the Metal Trades instructor at the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. In 1981, I graduated from Beckman High School with two years of welding education. At that point I realized that my passion in life was to make welding my career goal. In the Fall of 1981, I enrolled in the welding program at Northeast Iowa Community College in which I graduated in the Summer of 1982. In 1984, I decided that I wanted to serve our great country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. My primary job was welding on various equipment. Once I finished my 4 year enlistment ending in 1988, I worked as a welder in private industry. I was called back to active duty status in 1991 during Operation Dessert Storm. My primary job at the Marine Corps Engineer School ,Camp Lejeune N.C. was to instruct young Marines how to weld. In August of 1991, I was hired as the Metal Trades Instructor, here in Spotsylvania County. I hold 7 welding certifications using the shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc welding processes, which are recognized through the American Welding Society. As a active advisor in SkillsUSA for the past 25 years, I have seen my students grow as an active participant in district and state leadership and skills contests. Outside of teaching Metal Trades, I enjoy working with Courtland High School as a assistant baseball coach. Throughout my tenure here at the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center, it is a joy to see young men and women excel in a trade area that has helped build America.
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