New School Offers Welding Training

WTEC Welding Training Offered in Fab Masters Company's Weld Shop

WTEC is Born

WTEC, Inc. (Welding Technology Education Center) is a new licensed education center located in Fab Masters Company, Inc’s recently expanded aluminum weld shop in Marcellus, Michigan. WTEC’s welding training curriculum currently includes MIG, TIG and robotic programming classes.

American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Instructors teach students in an industrial environment on industrial equipment. WTEC’s courses were designed with employer needs in mind. Therefore, WTEC graduates develop the welding skills required for industry-ready jobs.

Fab Masters and other Southwest Michigan businesses have struggled to find skilled welders and robotic programmers. M-TEC at Kalamazoo Valley Community College approached Fab Masters President and CEO Ron Troxell with the idea of a welding training program to meet the needs of both businesses and job-seekers. Troxell agreed and founded WTEC with the understanding that it “would not be a typical welding course, but a very focused industry-level training program designed with extensive hands-on training to prepare workers to exceed industry’s expectations.”

MIG and TIG Welding for Aluminum and Steel classes are forming now and will begin July 6, 2009, while a robotics welding programming class will begin July 20, 2009.

Additionally, WTEC has partnered with Michigan Works. Displaced and unemployed workers can contact Michigan Works for funding opportunities for WTEC’s welding training.

Forever Grateful

While Fab Masters and WTEC staff are excited to help local displaced and unemployed workers with welding training, we’re equally thankful for the contributors that assisted in founding WTEC.

WTEC gratefully recognizes the support of:

  • Michael Bumgarner, President of Bumgarner Welding & Inspection
  • Jeff VanDenBos, welding instructor
  • Cindy Buckley and the staff at M-TEC at KVCC

About WTEC

The Welding Technology Education Center (WTEC) was born from industry need to fulfill industry need. WTEC is an American Welding Society Educational Institution member located at Fab Masters Company, Inc. in Marcellus, Michigan. Due to experiencing firsthand the shortage of skilled welders, Fab Masters President & CEO Ron Troxell decided to start his own welding training program. As a result, WTEC courses are designed with employers’ requirements in mind. Instructors then teach the theory and facilitate the hands-on lab practice needed for students to become capable of producing high quality welds. Consequently, WTEC is confident our graduates gain the welding skills needed to enter production or industry-level positions.

WTEC partners with Michigan Works to provide training to unemployed and displaced workers.

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