UACCM Approved as AWS Accredited Weld Certification Test Facility

Photo cutline for group photo: (L to R): UACCM director of workforce development Dr. Jessica Rohlman, Rep. Rick Beck, UACCM chancellor Lisa Willenberg, Sen. Jane English, UACCM certified welding instructor/tester Zack Freeman, UA Board Trustee Morril Harriman, and Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart with UACCM spring 2021 welding graduating class.

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) formally announced the college's recent approval as Arkansas' only American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility on Wed., May 12, in the Tyson Training Hall of the UACCM Workforce Training Center.

UACCM is recognized as having the requirements for testing facilities, personnel, and equipment to test and qualify welders to the nationally-recognized American Welding Society (AWS) standards and commits to adhering to strict standards for welder testing and quality assurance. This accreditation authorizes UACCM to conduct AWS Welding qualification and certification tests in accordance with AWS codes with AWS issuing the certification. Certifications the welder can obtain through UACCM’s test facility include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW); Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW); Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW); and Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW).

The ceremony began with a welcome by UACCM chancellor Lisa Willenberg, followed by remarks from UACCM director of workforce development and community education Dr. Jessica Rohlman; certified welding instructor and technical manager Zack Freeman; and Prospect Steel plant manager Steve Belew. Rohlman, who is serving as the AWS testing facility representative/quality assurance manager, shared the process of being granted accreditation and approval to bring this quality weld certification-testing facility designation to UACCM. Freeman, the UACCM certified welding instructor/tester, discussed the benefits of this accreditation not only for credit and non-credit students but also for Arkansas and its industries.

Individuals in attendance at the event included industry partners from Crow Group, Middleton Heat and Air, Welsco, Prospect Steel, and West Fraser. Local and state officials in attendance included State Rep. Rick Beck, Sen. Jane English, University of Arkansas System Trustee Morril Harriman, Morrilton Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart and Morrilton Area of Chamber representative Stephanie Lipsmeyer

For more information, visit http://www.uaccm.edu/aws/index.html, or contact Dr. Jessica Rohlman at 501-977-2004 or rohlman@uaccm.edu.

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