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Furman Earns Welding Certifications

Doug Furman, Welding and Joining Technology instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, earned his welding inspector (CWI) and welding educator (CWE) certifications on November 1, 2007, after completing a certified inspection seminar held October 14-21, 2007, in Miami, Florida at the American Welding Society world headquarters. Instructor Doug Furman

The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, in the welding industry.  Successful companies have come to rely on this certification, regulated by the American Welding Society, when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. The CWI is the premier American Welding Society (AWS) certification and ensures the highest level of quality workmanship. This rigorous certification has been a major contributor to improved weld quality and reduced inspection costs.

The Certified Welding Educator Program (CWE) is geared for the welding professional specifically in the welding education field. This AWS certification confirms the ability, talent and knowledge to specifically direct and perform operations associated with welder training and classroom instruction.

Furman, a graduate of Okefenokee Technical College, is a trained blacksmith and president of the Steel Bristle Blacksmith Council of Waycross. He is an amateur shaper of automotive and motorcycle body panels and enjoys ornamental iron and metal art work, as well. “If it’s metal, I like to work with it,” states Furman.

Although Furman has lived in Waycross since 1994, he grew up in Miami, Florida. He is married to C. G. Bennett Furman, and they have two daughters, Hailey and Savannah. Furman and his family attend First Presbyterian Church of Waycross.

One of Furman’s favorite activities is teaching his daughters about Blacksmithing, welding, and metal shaping. Furman and his daughters are presently building an old style English Café Racer Motorcycle for fun, and they have an old school Bobber chopper in the design phase, as well.

Furman’s enthusiasm for welding spills over into the classroom, and his commitment to quality workmanship is evident in his recent accomplishment. Danita Cannon, OTC Director of Instruction, congratulated Furman and stated that “Doug’s outstanding achievement is a wonderful professional accomplishment that will have a tremendous impact on the welding program and opportunities for our welding students at both the college and OTC’s area high schools.”

“I appreciate Doug’s commitment to his program and to his students,” stated OTC President Gail Thaxton. It takes a great deal of personal time and effort to complete certifications like these, and not everyone is willing to go ‘that extra mile.’ Doug always steps up to advance his field.”


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