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April 14, 2009

Cowley graduate starts Motorsports Fabricator Certification Program at his alma mater


Wanting to ensure the proper procedures and welding methods are being used while building racing chassis, Wyatt Swaim, a 1973 graduate of Cowley College, has developed a Motorsports Fabricator Certification Program.

The program will test and verify the welders’ technical knowledge and actual welding ability. Swaim, who is an independent welding consultant for Lincoln Electric, has been working closely with the National Hot Rod Association, SFI and the Eric Medlen Project at John Force Racing to create the safest race car possible.

Having recently returned to the area and having graduated from Cowley, Swaim felt the college would be a good partner in this venture. Another factor was Cowley having nondestructive testing capabilities.

Last month, nearly 20 fabricators from John Force Racing took part in the two day certification class, as well as the written test and weld test. The welding tests are evaluated by Cowley College using nondestructive methods of testing.

The program provides fabricators with an in-depth understanding as well as builds their welding skills to ensure the safety of the drivers and the sport.

NHRA is considering adopting the certification program for every welder on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg with the NHRA,” Swaim said. “We expect to progress into NASCAR and the Indy Racing League.”