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Ronald Volner signed up for his first welding course in high school at Northwest High School in Cedar Hill, Mo.
“I really enjoyed the logistics of the welding process,” Ronald said. “I’m also good with my hands so it seemed like a good fit to take a class where you build and create things.”
After graduating high school in 2008, Ronald signed up for the United States Air Force and continued welding in the construction field for four years until he was honorably discharged in 2012.
“In the Air Force, most of projects I worked on were fixing fences, brush guards and sunshades, along with many other projects.”
When Ronald returned home, he started going to the career center near his house to job search. They recommended Ronald attend SCC to become more qualified for potential jobs.
“I took that opportunity and started welding classes at SCC in 2015. I went on to earn three certificates: The AWS Entry Welder Level one, AWS Entry Welder Level two and Gold National Career Readiness.”
Ronald says that studying at SCC’s Work Force Development Program for Welding allowed him to brush up on his previous skills and knowledge of welding.
“I think the main thing I learned from the courses at SCC were 3G and 6G and all of their processes. It also helped me get to the point where I could actually learn all the components to welding instead of just being told what to do by a superior.”
Currently employed by WB Industries in O’Fallon, Ronald has plans of continuing to weld and hopes to find a union company that has a position for pipe fitters.
“I think that would be a good fit for me and that will help me better provide for my family.”
Last updated: Sept. 5, 2017