American Welding Society certifies NDSCS as an Accredited Test Facility

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12-13-2019

The American Welding Society (AWS) has certified the North Dakota State College of Science as an Accredited Test Facility. This enables designated NDSCS Welding Technology faculty to test and certify qualified welders to the nationally recognized AWS standards.

“This designation as an AWS Accredited Test Facility is a tremendous advantage for our students,” said NDSCS Welding Technology Associate Professor Joel Johnson. “Our Welding Technology graduates will now have an AWS certification, which is recognized nationally and even worldwide.”

To become an AWS Accredited Test Facility, the NDSCS Welding Technology department completed a two-year process to develop a Quality Manual, verify that lab equipment meets requirements and obtain Certified Welding Inspector certification for faculty. The final step in the process was an on-site audit by a third party.

In May 2017, NDSCS was awarded a $740,000 National Science Foundation grant to support the North Dakota Welds (NDWelds) program. That grant helped to make the AWS Accredited Test Facility designation possible by supporting the investment of time and money to complete the application process.

“One of the goals of NDWelds is to unify welding standards across the state,” said NDSCS Welding Technology Associate Professor Clint Gilbertson. “Through the Accredited Test Facility, we will be able to provide certification for the current workforce, and partner with high schools to offer certification for their instructors and students.”

The NDSCS Welding Technology program will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2020. Additional information about the program can be found online at ndscs.edu/welding.

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NDSCS receives $742,567 grant from National Science Foundation

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North Dakota State College of Science has been awarded a $742,567 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the North Dakota Welds (NDWelds) Program: Advancing Welding Technician Skills for Students and Training for Educators.

NDWelds has a goal of enhancing welding technician skills for secondary school students, two-year college students, secondary school teachers and two-year college faculty members. Through this project, NDSCS will increase the number of trained and certified welders possessing essential and advanced skills to meet the workforce needs of the region.

The NDWelds project will increase awareness among students from under-represented groups of the opportunity for careers in welding. NDWelds significantly impacts the regional economic environment by filling a critical employment training need.

The grant award started on May 15, 2017, and will end on April 30, 2020.

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NDSCS students place first in Behind the Mask Welding Contest

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05-15-2019

Two students from the NDSCS Welding Technology program took top honors in the American Welding Society Northern Plains Section’s 2019 Behind the Mask Welding Competition.

The students, both from Fargo, are:
Tyler Mehrer – first place, wire feed welding competition
Dillon Cardwell – first place, stick welding competition

Nearly 100 contestants from five post-secondary institutions and five high schools competed in welding tests throughout the day. Prizes were awarded to the top welders in each category.

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Steven Johnson

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