KINGMAN - Mohave Community College's welding program has earned a new certification that makes it the only American Welding Society accredited testing facility in the state.
It is the closest testing facility for all of Arizona and for the Las Vegas market, and it is one of only 70 test centers nationwide. The next closest testing facilities are located in Carson City, Nev.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and Kaysville, Utah.
The new welding certification allows MCC to test and certify welding graduates and working professionals. AWS is a national nonprofit organization that provides welding education and technology development to the profession.
"MCC pursued this certification because accredited testing facilities play an integral part in the operation of the AWS Certified Welding Program and have proved they have the necessary resources to test welders to this nationally recognized and accepted program," said Buddy May, MCC's welding program director. "Contractors and fabricators can turn to MCC to certify welders to help them save money, improve productivity and reduce liability."
To earn the accreditation, May developed a quality assurance manual that outlines the organizational structure, responsibilities, duties and operating procedures for a testing facility. A consultant reviewed the manual, facility, equipment and operating procedures.
An AWS on-site auditor then reviewed program materials and recommended the accreditation. The auditor noted that the MCC facility was well-organized and staffed by experienced professionals, according to May.
"MCC has been working hard over the past few years to obtain industry-respected certifications for the welding program," said May. "The most recent AWS test facility accreditation is just one more valued certification that MCC can add to the list of its credentials for academic programs."