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American Welding Society names CDA Technical Institute Program Director Adam Leese winner at 2017 Excellence in Welding Awards

The American Welding Society, an international non-profit working to the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, and WEMCO, a provider of wire handling equipment to utility companies, electrical contractors, and more, have selected CDA Technical Institute Program Director Adam Leese as the winner in the educator category for the 2017 Excellence in Welding Awards.

Leese will be honored at the American Welding Society Foundation and WEMCO EIW Awards at FABTECH in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, November 6th, 2017.

Beginning his welding career in 1994 as the lead welder for Carlisle Container in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Leese served in the United States Marine Corps as an Artillery Fire Direction Control Operator and Safety Specialist. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Leese worked for a jewelry manufacturer soldering precious metals before moving back to Florida.

Upon his return to Florida, Leese began working as a welder in heavy equipment repair, and shipyard repair before attending the Applied Welding Technologies Program at First Coast Technical College.

In 2003, Leese began his career as an educator, working with First Coast Technical College’s welding program as an assistant instructor.

Leese joined CDA Technical Institute in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011 where he specializes in SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, and GTAW. He has a BS/BM degree from the University of Phoenix, is a member of the American Welding Society (AWS), and is certified under AWS in 6G Pipe.

CDA Technical Institute is a post-secondary school designed to provide the diving, inspection, maritime and medical industries with entry level personnel, who excel in superior knowledge, skill, safety, and work ethic.  Our training is comprehensive, rigorous, and designed with individual student career objectives, abilities, and interests in mind.

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posted 09/19/2017 in Commercial Diving, Education, Maritime Welding, The Lighter Side, Underwater Welding

Tags: commercial diving, underwater welding


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