The new Welding/Pipefitting Technology program at the Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson has achieved accreditation from the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER). In the same approval, NCCER now includes TTC Dickson as an accredited training and education facility. “This is just another feather in TTC Dickson’s cap of excellence,” said Mark Powers, director of the Tennessee Technology at Dickson. “Assistant Director Warner Taylor and instructor Wayne Spann have worked hard to earn this recognition for the school and for the students. Their efforts will pay dividends for many years to come.” NCCER has a national registry data base which maintains the names of individuals who have successfully completed the Welding/Pipefitting program. Taylor said this is an important factor for graduates of the program. “Many, many companies use the NCCER certification as a screening factor in hiring,” he said. “When one of our graduates presents himself or herself to a company, they’ll be more attractive to that employer because they’ll have certifications in several areas. They’ll have an advantage over others who won’t have the certification.” Wayne Spann is the Welding/Pipefitting program instructor. He is a certified NCCER instructor. The Welding/Pipefitting curriculum consists of nine modules of training in core subjects; four levels of Pipefitting and three levels of Welding plus four advanced modules in aluminum pipe and plate welding. The program began training in January on the main Dickson campus. The center plans to include the Welding/Pipefitting program in the Clarksville Extension Campus expansion slated to open in September. For more information, call the center at 615.441.6220.