After being laid-off from Modern Drop Forge in 2009, it was quite evident that the job market was extremely competitive.  This was not only due the the economic crisis at the time, but the realization that most employers preferred industrial electricians that had some degree of welding skillls.  With this in mind and the fact that I can service most welding machines, I went to Moraine Valley Valley Community College to procure these desired skills.  I also became a Certified Welding Inspector by the prestigious American Welding Society after which I obtained certifications in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).  The certificates I have obtained are:

Shielded Metal Arc Welding CertificateMay 2013
Multi-Process Welding CertificateMay 2013
Combination Welding CertificateMay 2013
Individualized Welding CertificateMay 2016
Advanced Welding CertificateMay 2016
American Welding Society Certified Welding InspectorMarch 2016
Liqiud Penetrant Testing Training CertificateJune 2016
Longitudinal Ultrasonic Testing Training CertificateJune 2016
Magnetic Particle Testing Training CertificateJune 2016

Welding processes and related coursework include:
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Visual Inspection of Welds
  • Welding Blueprint Reading
  • Metallurgy