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Welding Instructor Earns National Certification in Two Fields from American Welding Society (AWS)

April 23, 2014

Iowa Lakes Community College welding instructor, Emily Gottsche, has earned the American Welding Society (AWS) status of Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE) making her one of an elite group of welders.

The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, in the welding industry. Successful companies have come to rely on this AWS certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. 

The Certified Welding Educator (CWE) achievement is “geared for the welding professional specifically in the welding education field.” It confirms the instructor’s “ability, talent and knowledge to specifically direct and perform operations associated with welder training and classroom instruction.”

The CWI exam consists of three, two-hour parts, a vision exam, and record of welding experience. The three parts include a two-hour, 150-question closed-book test which covers all facets of welding processes and nondestructive examination; a Practical Applications section which is a hands-on test that requires candidates to answer nearly 50 questions using actual visual inspection tools with plastic replicas of welds and a sample codebook; and a segment on Code Application which tests the ability of aspirants to find and comprehend information in one of the five welding codes.

“Becoming a CWI and CWE was a lifetime goal of mine. There is no greater feeling than to have that certificate and stamp in hand. Welding is a passion of mine and I hope I can influence some of that same passion into the welding students at Iowa Lakes,” said Gottsche.

According to the American Welding Society website, certification involves a great deal of responsibility and remarkable skill demonstration in a career that is engaging and promising on all levels. Welding is a stable career where individuals can thrive and find fulfillment.

The Certified Welding Inspector is one of the top certifications in the welding industry.  The Iowa Lakes Welding program is one of only two Educational Institution Members of the AWS in Iowa.  As an AWS Certified Training Facility, graduates are entered into the national registry and receive a certificate. 

Iowa Lakes Instructor Emily Gottsche demonstrating the shielded metal arc welding process in the vertical up position.
Iowa Lakes Instructor Emily Gottsche demonstrating the shielded metal arc welding process in the vertical up position.
Emily prepping a welding qualification test coupon.
Emily prepping a welding qualification test coupon.
For More Information:

Emily Gottsche, instructor, at 712-852-5272

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