MCC Named American Welding Society Accredited Testing Facility

Muskegon Community College has earned full accreditation with the American Welding Society (AWS) as an Accredited Testing Facility (ATF) for welder certifications.

The only AWS Accredited Testing Facility in west Michigan and only one of six in the state, MCC can now offer these credentials to professional skill trades welders, local industry and MCC students. Students will have the opportunity to become certified in various areas of welding, including both pipe and plate on steel, stainless, and aluminum materials, in conjunction with their classes.

“This is a huge accomplishment for the MCC welding program,” said Tom Sumerix, the lead welding instructor at the College. “This is taking the welding program to the next level by offering welding certifications to our students. The demand from industry helped drive the initiative to becoming an ATF. This accreditation also reflects the quality of the MCC welding program.”

Any manufacturer, mechanical contractor, construction industry, pressure piping, or production facility, among others, can utilize MCC services to certify their welders.  MCC has certified welding inspectors, including Sumerix, on staff to conduct welder testing. The certification provides transferrable credentials, which welders take with them while also enhancing their professional certifications.

“MCC would like to thank the IBEW Local 275 for their financial support and dedication to the efforts in making this happen,” added Sumerix.

For more information on the MCC Welding Program, contact Tom Sumerix at (231) 777-0358 or visit