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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 32 (Diploma)


Do you enjoy working with your hands in a casual environment? Are you looking for a career in the trades with incredible growth and opportunity? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just one year with a Welding diploma. As a professional welder, you’ll permanently join metal parts through a heat fusion process. You’ll learn to setup and safely operate welding equipment for various welding processes as well as be introduced to ferrous and non-ferrous materials and the welding of these materials in all positions and various joint designs. In addition, you’ll develop skills in two welding processes, with the goal of successfully completing an American Welding Society welding certification test.

This program is also offered as a certificate! 

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This diploma is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 32 (Diploma)


Terry Schneider
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Terry has been working as an instructor for sixteen years. He has an extensive background in manufacturing. In addition, he has worked on air ambulances by making major repairs & alterations and also in the mining industry repairing and maintaining heavy equipment.

Terry is an AWS certified welder, an AWS certified welding inspector, an AWS certified welding educator along with being the general manager for the ATF where his duties include being a test supervisor and facility representative.

His goals for his students is for them to reach their full potential and to become successful in life and the welding industry.

His interests outside of work include tinkering on his old pickup, playing with his dog Ellie, and enjoying time at his lake cabin with his wife, family and friends.

Education: Diploma, Mitchell Technical Institute; AWS Certified Welding Inspector; AWS Certified Welding Educator; FAA A&P Airframe and Power Mechanic (LATI)
Levi Wood
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Levi began working as a Lab Specialist in the Southeast Tech Welding program in the fall of 2018. After entering the program as a student in 2015, he graduated with two AWS certifications in Flux Core Arc Welding and Shielded Metal Arc Welding. Since then his experience has ranged from MIG and TIG welding to metal fabrication and machining. Levi has several years of experience with major area manufacturers, including; Daktronics, Spartan ERV, and Raven Industries.
In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors as well as tinkering in the garage with his motorcycles, playing guitar and spending time with family and friends. 

Levi is excited to be involved with a program that had a profound impact on his life, and can’t wait to share that experience with others as they grow in their professional careers.

Education: Welding Diploma, Southeast Tech
Dennis Howard
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Dennis Howard teaches welding at southeast Tech bringing over 5 years of educational experience and over 20 years of professional field work.

Prior to becoming a welding instructor, Dennis was employed both in the US and internationally. He has extensive experience in the field, settings ranging from nuclear facilities to smaller construction sites in positions as a welder up to superintendent. Dennis served in the US Army for 4 years, participating in Operation Desert Shield. Upon return he attended Tulsa Welding School earning a diploma in Welding.

Education: Diploma, Tulsa Welding School; AWS certifications





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