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August 19, 2005

Cowley welding instructor passes certification exams


Cowley College’s Welding Technology Instructor Bob Moffatt recently passed exams and received two certifications from the American Welding Society.

Moffatt, who teaches in Cowley’s Industrial and Career Technology Department, took the three-part test on July 30 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Those seeking certification must score a minimum of 72 percent on each of the three two-hour exams. Moffatt scored well above the minimum required.

Moffatt’s new certifications are the Certified Welding Inspector, which is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, in the welding industry, and the Certified Welding Education Program certification, geared for the welding professional specifically in the welding education field.

Successful companies have come to rely on the CWI certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. The CWI examination is made up of three parts: Part A: General Knowledge, consisting of 150 questions; Part B: Practical, consisting of 46 questions; and Part C: Code Book, consisting of 46 questions.

The CWE certification confirms the individual’s ability, talent and knowledge to specifically direct and perform operations associated with welder training and classroom instruction.

“This certainly brings more credibility to the college’s welding program,” said Moffatt, who has taught welding at Cowley since 1996.

Moffatt teaches courses in welding technology that pertain to structural, pipe and aircraft welding procedures. Included in his course work are metallurgy, destructive testing, blueprint reading and layout techniques.

He attended Pioneer Area Vo-Tech, Northern Oklahoma College, the Oregon Institute of Technology, and numerous conferences on welding-related products. He is a past chairman for the Kansas Chapter of the American Welding Society and has held numerous welding certifications for Conoco, Williams Pipeline, and ASME Boiler Codes. He taught night classes for Pioneer Vo-Tech from 1986-2000, as well as corporate training for the state of Oklahoma.

“We have been and will continue to offer welding services to the general public,” he said. “We’ve worked with business and industry and provided some corporate training in the past. With these additional credentials, it will be much easier for the college to work with these various companies and promote our services.