Cothran, Don

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Name: Don Cothran                    
Subject:  Welding Technology
Grade:  9th-12th
W E L C O M E!!!
A Career In Welding Is An Investment Into The Future
ABOUT ME..... 
My name is Don Cothran and I have been the Welding Technology instructor at the Etowah County Career Technical Center in Attalla, AL for ten years. I graduated  from Cherokee County High School and worked in the construction business as a welder for several years. At Boston Seating, I worked in supervision for 5 years and continued my welding career at Gulf State Steel for the next 13 years. Upon receiving the position at the Etowah County Career Technical Center, I furthered my education at Gadsden State Community College, Snead State Community College and finished at Alabama A & M University where I completed required courses for highly qualification status in Career Technical Education. I am not only highly qualified in Career and Technical Education but also AWS and NOCTI Certified. It is thoroughly enjoyable to teach young students the career field of welding and see them succeed in the workforce as a productive member of society.   
The Welding Technology program provides students with the opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge, and experiences required to pass a standard welding qualification test. Classroom and laboratory instruction include the processes of Shielded Metal Arc welding (stick welding), Gas Metal Arc welding (MIG), Flux Core Arc welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc welding (TIG). Specialized classes provide students with skills in oxy-fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, air carbon arc cutting, blueprint reading, weld symbols, and welding inspection and testing.