Welding students at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee were recently certified by the American Welding Society.

AWS certification is required for many welding positions in manufacturing operations.

The students were required to perform a weld under supervision that was tested by an AWS inspector to ensure the weld conformed to AWS code.

The welding technology program at the McGehee campus begins in August and includes blueprint reading, basic welding, shielded metal arc welding and continues through the spring and summer terms with MIG, TIG and pipe welding. All 14 students are slated to graduate June 24.

Pictured from left are (front row) Clayton Wood, Timothy Givens, Nickolas Boothe, (second row) Gary Burt, instructor, Sharon Cantrell. assistant vice chancellor, Edward Carter, James Lipford, Triston Grider, Marcus Kilgore, Cade Sizemore, (back row) Matthew Dillard, Denson Mitchell, Keenan Turner, Tyquarius Royal, John Bellott, and Dakota Young.