College of the Canyons Becomes Accredited Testing Center for Certified Robotic Arc Welding
The American Welding Society just recently designated College of the Canyons as an Accredited Testing Center (ATC)for Certified Robotic Arc Welding (CRAW). College of the Canyons is the only facility in California to receive this accredidation, and they now join an elite group of just seven other programs nation wide.
The CRAW certification demonstrates that an individual possesses the technical knowledge required to perform robotic arc wielding in an efficient, economical and safe manner. Students who pursue CRAW certification can choose to become a Certified Operator (CRAW-O) or a Certified Technician (CRAW-T). Individuals seeking CRAW certification must pass a closed-book written exam based on various welding codes, welding processes, specifications and robotic kinematics, in addition to performing a robotics programming and operation performance exam.
“We are definitely ahead of the curve,” said Tim Brown, College of the Canoyns Department Chair, who first became CRAW-T certified in 2017. “As automation and robotics becomes more prevalent, the need for highly skilled and trained robotic welding technicians will increase.” The COC Welding Technology Program is also the first Lincoln Electric Partner Schools (LEEPS) facility, giving Tim and his program the ability to conduct robotic customer training in behalf of Lincoln Electric.
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