Agencies Join Forces to Provide Welding Training Program

RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber, Instructor Eric Younkins and UTC Director Joan Smith

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) and United Technical Center (UTC) executed a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday, Oct. 13, to offer welding training. Under the agreement, RCBI will supply the instructor and enroll students while UTC will provide equipment and facilities. Pictured, from left, are RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber, Instructor Eric Younkins and UTC Director Joan Smith. The 16-week course, designed to help alleviate a major shortage of welders, will begin Jan. 4, 2010, at UTC, located near Clarksburg on U.S. 19. The course can be taken independently to prepare the student to test for state certification in shielded metal arc welding or as part of RCBI’s comprehensive welding program which includes TIG, MIG and Stick welding, as well as flux-cored arc welding. Those wishing more information or to register may contact RCBI’s Lucinda Curry at 304.720.7742 or 800.469.7224, or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Enrollment is limited. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.