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Wenatchee Valley College receives welding certification

Wenatchee Valley College has received welding certification from the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO). The certification allows Robert Acklin, a certified American Welding Society inspector and WVC welding instructor, to test and certify welders per Washington state welding standards.

Testing is scheduled on an as-needed basis through the WVC Continuing Education department. An upcoming test will take place Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the WVC Industrial Technology Building room 7509. The test fee is $275 for non WVC students and $149 for WVC students, with an additional $50 certification fee to be paid directly to WABO.

Prior to testing, welders must complete an application and request a copy of the General Test Information packet from the WVC Continuing Education department.

Applicants may register for the test online at the WVC Continuing Education Web page at http://www.wvc.edu/directory/departments/conted/.

Welders will be tested according to the WABO Standard No. 27-13, which can be found at www.wabo.org.

Applicants must bring their own leather gloves, jacket, helmet, cap and safety glasses. Ear plugs will be provided by the weld lab.

Before WVC received the WABO certification, local welders seeking state certification would have had to go to Waterville, Spokane or Seattle, said Zack Jacobson, the WVC Industrial Technology program coordinator.

In addition to receiving the WABO welding certification, last summer WVC remodeled its former plant services building into an industrial technology building that includes a four-station computer lab, electronics lab and classroom, mechanical shop, and welding and fabrication labs. An air compressor was donated by Weinstein Beverage Company and electro-mechanical equipment by Alcoa for use in the mechanical shop and labs. Prior to the remodel, welding and electronics courses were spread out among the welding lab in the plant services building, the refrigeration lab, and classrooms in Sexton Hall.

For more information about testing schedules or the welding certification, please contact Michele Gedrose or Erin Davidson in the WVC Continuing Education department, 509.682.6900, or contact welding instructor Robert Acklin at 509.888.1535.

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