I have been in the welding trade for over 50 years, first as a craftsman welder and then a weld trainer. For the past 26 years, I’ve been providing on-site welding training for maintenance and fabrication craftsmen all across the country as the owner/operator of Welding Training Solutions, Inc. I am passionate about my craft, and I believe passion is contagious.
My goal at this point in life is to pass along my craft to others. Providing a positive, enjoyable training experience for those under my instruction is the goal, instilling in them a love for the craft of welding and a desire and commitment to producing quality welds. What I bring to the table is a lifetime of experience training welders in all welding disciplines.
One of the reasons welding training doesn’t always produce long term results is it often lacks the principles behind the techniques. My training style is to teach the “why” behind the how, the principles of what is involved in producing quality welds. Welding training is a process, laying a foundation of knowledge and skills and then building one skill upon another. The goal is to provide an adequate knowledge and skills to enable them to have repeated good practice. Once those foundational skills are developed, they will have the tools to become craftsman welders and self-inspectors through experience. A personal perk I gain as I train others is to see individuals who have little or no welding skills or experience become excited about welding and find a niche for this craft through my training.
I love the quote by Vince Lombardi (Green Bay Packers head coach in the ‘50s and ‘60s): “Perfection is not possible. But if we chase perfection, perhaps we will catch excellence!” This is pretty much my motto and the way I approach welding training. I take pride in my craft and hopefully instill that pride in those I train!
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Phone: (641) 780-0288
“Welding is a practiced skill. But practice alone doesn’t make better welds — just more consistent welds. Only GOOD practice makes good welds! My goal in training is to help individuals understand the WHY of welding procedures and techniques so they will have a foundation of knowledge and skills to enable them to have repeated good practice. Once solid welding habits and skills are developed, they will have the capacity to become craftsman welders and self-inspectors through experience!” -Rick Cowman