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Welder Training Advisory Team Tanzania

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Welder Training Advisory Team

Ryan T. Eubank, – Senior Advisor, Welding Training, Equipment and Facilities Planner
Kirtland, Ohio

Ryan T. Eubank is widely recognized as a top leader in the field of welding instruction.  He is a Certified Associate Welding Inspector with more than 26 years’ experience in the welding field.  Ryan began his career at Lincoln Electric in 1996 and attended the Lincoln Electric Welding School in 1999. At Lincoln Electric, he served as the lead instructor, training worldwide students who came to his classes in Ohio to learn the latest welding technologies.  He is a longtime member of the American Welding Society (AWS). He is an experienced welder and has worked in the capacity of Welding Instructor for the past 22 years.  He has consulted on the design and development of over 20 welding school facilities nationwide.

Ryan is a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio in the areas of Industrial Maintenance and Welding.  He is a Skills USA advisor and has had students place first in the national competition for the past two years and placed in the top 5 for the past 16 and qualify for the national welding competition for the past 18 years. Ryan has also qualified students to compete for the world welding trials and in 2022 has a student that has been selected to represent the United States in the event in October.  In 2018 he was the AWS national educator of the year. In 2022 was the state of Ohio adjunct college teacher of the year.

Ryan consults with nationally recognized organizations as a Subject Matter Expert including but not limited to: Texas A & M; Boy Scouts of America; Lakeland Community College; Cincinnati State University; Experimental Aircraft Association; John Deere; Pennsylvania Institute of Technology; U-Link; Boilermaker’s Union; Electrical Union; Carpenter’s Union; 4-H; US Army; US Air Force Academy; Tulsa Welding School.

Sibusiso Mpapane. - Director at GODMK Enterprise (Pty)Ltd
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Mr. Sibusiso Mpapane, known as “Sibu”, has over 14 years of experience in construction, specialized welding applications and automation, pipelines and storage tank construction.

He started his career at Element Six (PTY) Ltd, as a metallurgical graduate in training, where he was involved in the research and development of synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide super material, focusing on failure investigation and analysis. He was at Element Six for two years.

 His welding career started when he joined Welding Alloys South Africa (PTY) Ltd, WASA (PTY) Ltd, in 2008. At WASA (PTY) LTD he was involved in the development, application and selling of hardfacing and cladding products, as a technical sales representative. His core clients where mines, sugar mills and steel production industries, there he trained his clients and their welders on the correct application of hardfacing and cladding.                                                           

In 2010 he started working for Lincoln Electric, a global welding equipment manufacturer, where he was trained further on welding applications and automation.  He was trained at Lincoln Electric (Poland) for gas metal arc welding, Lincoln Electric France for advanced submerged arc welding and cladding, Lincoln Electric USA for advance arc welding, automation and pipe welding. He serviced and trained a number of Lincoln Electric clients in the Southern Africa Region, i.e., Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and east coast of South Africa including the mines, sugar mills and automotive industries.

As a welding superintendent, in 2013 Sibu moved to Steval Engineering, a company that was involved in heavy engineering fabrication, construction of fuel storage tanks, power generation construction, and mining plant construction.  He managed welding on several projects including some in Mozambique, DRC and South Africa.  One of his highlights at Steval Engineering was to lead the team that built the first and biggest two LPG spheres in the southern hemisphere, using an automatized flux core process and achieving a 0.5% failure rate, on 100% x-rays, in just 6 months.

In 2016 he started his own business called GODMK ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD, which specializes in welding, fabrication, and construction.  The business has vast experience in tank fabrication, pipe welding, construction, structural steel fabrication and erection.  GODMK ENTERPRISE also specializes in labor hire of specialized welders and well experienced artisans, boilermakers, and pipe fitters.

Sibu has been growing GODMK ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD from strength to strength.

Nick Price, Welding Faculty Lead, Davis Technical College
Kaysville, Utah

ollege, Utah. Over the last 15 years, he has grown the welding program and faculty at Davis Technical College to become one of the leading welding training centers in the U.S..  Nick is a certified welding inspector & AWS certified welding educator with endorsements in AWS D1.1 structural steel and Welder Performance Qualifier.  He is one of 4 Certified Welding Inspectors in the state of Utah with the Welder Performance Qualifier Endorsement.  Nick is proficient at teaching Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding.

In the Welding Technology program that Nick leads, students receive hands-on welding and cutting instruction on a variety of ferrous metals. Instruction will include basic Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), and other thermal and mechanical cutting processes. Students will also learn welding process-specific and welding shop safety practices, basic print reading, and the proper uses and applications of AWS welding symbols.

In the Welding Technology program that Nick leads, students receive hands-on welding and cutting instruction on a variety of ferrous metals. Instruction will include basic Oxy-Fuel Cutting

George G. Hlifka – Welding Engineer, Senior Welding Inspector and Welder

George G. Hlifka attended Lincoln Electric Welding School and began his career as a construction welder. It was there that he developed the passion for building things, specifically things requiring welding.  He is proficient with GTAW, GMAW, SMAW, FCAW and SAW processes.

The desire to learn all that he could about welding pushed him to continue his education to become a welding engineer and graduate from the Ohio State University with a BS in Welding Engineering. 

George also pursued additional training in vocational education, numerous Codes such as the ASME B&PV code, ASME power and process piping codes.  He is an AWS Senior Certified Welding Inspector with the ASME B31.1, B31.3 and AWS D1.5 endorsements.  George is a member of several AWS Certification and Qualification committees and has been an active member of AWS for 30 years.  He previously served on Lakeland Community Colleges welding advisory committee. 

George’s welding career has given him the opportunity to see how welding is managed outside the US, having worked in South Africa, Brazil, Dubai, South Korea, and Japan, where he received the George Westinghouse Signature project of the year award. He enjoys assisting others with their welding questions and is often reached out to and consulted with in the industry.

George recently retired from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant where he was a Consulting Engineer, responsible for the welding and repair/replacement programs.