Asnuntuck Community College is leading the state again by becoming the first American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility (ATF) in Connecticut. Students enrolled in Asnuntuck’s welding program will have an opportunity to earn certifications.

 According to Richard Munroe, one of two certified instructors at the college, the AWS Accredited Test Facility (ATF) program establishes minimum requirements for test facilities, their personnel and equipment to qualify for accreditation to test and qualify welders. AWS’ website explains that entrusting welder certification to ATF specialists makes good business sense for contractors and fabricators. Companies are increasingly realizing the shortcomings of self-qualification and switching to AWS Accredited Test Facilities to test and qualify their welders. ATFs help them to save money, improve productivity, and reduce liability by entrusting their welder certification to the experts

The Asnuntuck Community College Welding Program began in 2004 at Windsor High School and was moved to the Asnuntuck campus in 2008. The Welding program, now known as the Welding and Fabrication Program, has graduated approximately 1,000 students since its inception. The college has dedicated 10,000 square feet to welding instruction in a state-of- the -art facility on the Enfield campus, which includes 75 welding booths.

 “I am so proud of this accomplishment and thankful to the staff for all the hard work they put into this process to achieve this certification,” said Interim Dean of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Mary Bidwell.

 “We are proud of our instructors and staff.  They have worked to achieve this accreditation and establish a superior level of quality,” said Asnuntuck’s Interim CEO Michelle Coach. Dr. Coach added, “We are honored to be the only accredited test facility in Connecticut. They have proven to be leaders in the field of welding.”

Dr. James Lombella, Regional President North-West Region commented, “Asnuntuck Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is once again the pioneer and model for the State of Connecticut.” Dr. Lombella continued, “I am proud of the work Asnuntuck’s welding department has put in to earn the impressive distinction of being the first and only AWS Accredited Test Facility in the State of Connecticut. This designation allows Asnuntuck to provide the State with a highly qualified, skilled welding workforce.”

Registration is now open for the Spring 2021 semester for Asnuntuck’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology program. Visit https://asnuntuck.edu/courses-programs/manufacturing-technology-program/ to learn more.