The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College School of Engineering Technologies is proud to congratulate Welding Instructor Levi Stumbo for earning his Certified Weld Inspector (CWI) credentials. The CWI is a certification through the American Welding Society, which verifies welders as experts on assessing, analyzing and inspecting welds, including welds in bridges, aircraft, buildings and power plants. The credential is one of the highest-level certifications in welding. Stumbo said he believes it is important to keep continuing his own education to provide his students with the most up-to-date welding education.
“This certification is another proof of knowledge of welding and allows me to better identify what students are doing correctly or where they may need improvement. It will also help me apply real world situations to the students’ classroom work and projects,” Stumbo said. “I wanted to work toward this certification as a way to further my own knowledge. Continuing to improve myself and my understanding of welding will help me teach the students to the best of my abilities.”
The welding program offers a two-year option in which students will receive an Associate in Technical Studies Degree in Welding as well as a one-year option for a certificate in welding. The school has several changes in recent years, including the installation of new equipment and welding technologies for the students’ hands-on classroom experience. Chair of the School of Engineering Technologies, Keith Saunders, said he is proud of Stumbo’s dedication to the students and in earning his CWI.
“Levi having this certification lets our students know they are receiving guidance from someone who is highly qualified in the field. The exam takes place after a five day seminar, and leading up to that week, Levi has been to numerous weeklong courses in Cleveland over the past three years. We’re all very proud of him for this achievement,” Saunders said. “Welding is a career that is in demand with a lot of local manufacturers. Several of our graduates have gone on to find jobs with companies in our area. We want to continue preparing our students for jobs to serve our community, and we feel between Levi’s certification and installing the most recent welding technologies in our classrooms, we can provide them with the quality learning experience they need to succeed.”
Stumbo, who is beginning his fourth year of teaching, is a graduate of Rio who received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technologies. He said he enjoys getting to teach students in the same program where he earned his degree and is excited to watch the program continue to grow in the coming years.
“It’s a great opportunity to be working at my alma mater. I’m proud of the work we’ve been doing to continue improving the program and excited to be working with the students on the new equipment,” Stumbo said.
For more information on Rio’s welding program, contact the School of Engineering Technologies at 740-245-7315 or 740-245-7314.