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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)
Clinton M. Mack
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Clint began working as a lab specialist in the fall of 2013. He specializes in MIG welding and has an American Welding Society Certification in Flux Core Arc Welding. Clint has been welding since 1998 and has been welding in the industry for 15 years. Clint started welding because he enjoys taking his ideas and bringing them to life.

During his free time, he enjoys tinkering in his shop and farming with his brother. Farming with his brother allows him to build and repair equipment for the Family Farm and surrounding neighbors.
Clint has had the opportunity to work for several companies where he has honed his welding skills, including Angus Palm Industries, Daktronics, Wilson Trailers and Iron Ranch MFG.

Clint thoroughly enjoys his role with Southeast Tech. The position has allowed him to continue to develop his welding skills, interact with a new generation of welding professionals, and learn the ins and outs of education. He is looking forward to several more years at Southeast Tech.'

Education: Welding Diploma, Lake Area Tech





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