Professional Profile

  • AAS-T, Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical, Bellingham, WA, 2010
  • BFA, Printmaking and Painting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1974
  • AA, Painting & Sculpture, Johnson County Community College, Shawnee, KS, 1971
  • NEA/KAC Artist-in-Schools Award, Coffeyville Community College, KS, 1974-75
  • MA-1 Navy Welding Certification, Boilermaker’s L-104 Welding School, WA 1978
  • Certified Technical College Educator, Bellingham Technical College, WA, 2002
  • Puget Sound Energy Faculty Excellence Award, WA, 2002
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector & Educator, Kansas City, MO, 2005
  • Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, Bellingham, WA, 2005
  • Washington State Governor’s Best Practices Award in Education, 2005
  • Lincoln Electric Welding School Teacher Observer & Cast Iron Welding, 2003
  • ARCO Refinery Recognition Award for Welding Excellence, Alloy Specialist, 1987

Education, Honors, and Certifications

On task to preparing adults for family-wage-earning careers and creative thinking in the welding, fabricating, artistic and manufacturing sectors of the world wide workforce.

  • I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking & Painting and am a Certified Technical College Educator in Welding Technology
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector & Educator; Master-Level Welder holding multiple AWS/ASME, Navy, WABO, and API 1104 alloy and steel structural and Pressure Pipe Welding Certifications (see Addendum)
  • Exhibiting Artist and Sculptor, recognized in Local, National, and International Exhibitions and many NW WA and OR area sculpture parks.

Key Qualifications

  • Lead Instructor Certified in College Technical Education in Welding Technology
  • Teach principles and techniques for manual welding processes, including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, and associated cutting and fabricating techniques and processes; inspire Creative Thinking processes and Artistic Welding techniques
  • Specialize in Industrial Pipe Welding and Fitting Training and Certification Processes
  • Manage, Promote, and Improve 2-year AAS-Degree-level program of 150 students.
  • Emphasize Industrial Welding applications & assist graduates in obtaining career enhancing Welding Certification and Family-Wage Employment opportunities


Professional Development in Education

  • Bellingham Technical College, Welding Technology Instructor, CWI, CWE, Specializing in Pipe Welding & Fabricating, 9/2000 – 2018 (Retired)
  • Bellingham Technical College, Sculptural Welding Instructor, Welding Rodeo Originator & Organizer, 9/2001 – 2018 (Retired)

Professional Positions – Welding

  • Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA, 8/1999 – 2018 (Retired)
  • Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Technical Educator; Lead Instructor for Industrial AAS degree and Fine-Art Welding CE programs in 2-year Technical College. Welding and Fabricating Theory lecture and Lab Instruction; Curriculum development; creation and management of departmental budget, including researching and purchasing of supplies and equipment; Welding Inspection and WABO Certification of Welders; maintenance, trouble-shooting and repair of shop equipment and tools; community outreach and departmental promotion; student counseling and job placement; participation on college committees; active in design & construction of new BTC Welding & Auto Collision Repair Building; originator and organizer of BTC Welding Rodeo Sculpture Competition ( 5th annual event; see ).
  • Cascade Natural Gas Corp, Bellingham, WA, 11/1993-9/2000
  • Certified API 1104 Natural Gas High Pressure Pipeline & Distribution Welder and Crew Leader. CDL Operator
  • Alliance Piping & Construction Co., Burlington, WA, 5/1992 – 9/1993 Co-Founder/Owner-Operator, Welding Supervisor, Safety Officer, Photographer/Promoter, Pipe Welder/Fabricator/Alloy Specialist, Piping system Designer and Drafter; Piping Systems, new construction and repair, Shore Plants and Fishing Vessels in Seattle and Dutch Harbor, Alaska
  • Piping Consultant’s, Inc., Sedro-Woolley, WA, 2/90 – 2/92 ASME/AWS Certified Pipe Welder, Pipe Fitter, Foreman, Alaska Site Supervisor, Safety Coordinator, Seattle Fire Department Competent Person, Photographer, Piping System Designer and Drafter; Piping Systems in Refineries, Shore plants & Fishing Vessels in Northwest Washington, Akutan, Alaska and Seattle
  • Colt Construction Co., Bellingham, WA, 10/87 – 10/88; 4/92-6/92 Foreman, ASME/AWS Alloy Pipewelder, Maintenance Pipewelder, Arco
  • Refinery, Cherry Point, WA. Received ARCO Recognition Award for Quality
  • Industrial Resources Inc, Big Lake, WA, 1/87 – 8/89 ASME/AWS Certified Pipewelder, ARCO, Texaco, Shell Refineries, Trident Seafoods, Akutan Shoreplant, Alaska
  • Industrial Maintenance & Const., Mt. Vernon, WA, 9/87 – 10/89 ASME/AWS Certified Pipewelder, Shell & Texaco Refineries, Anacortes, WA
  • Complete Plant Maintenance Corp., Mt, Vernon, WA, 7/86 – 6/87 ASME/AWS Certified Pipe Welder, Boiler Tube Welder, Shell Refinery
  • Dakota Creek Ind., Anacortes, WA, 1/86 – 6/86 Shipyard Welder
  • Pacific Western, Inc, Mt. Vernon, WA, 3/85 – 12/85 ASME/AWS Certified Pipewelder, Texaco Refinery, Anacortes, WA
  • Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, WA, 11/80 – 3/85 Navy Certified GTAW Alloy Pipewelder, Fast Frigate program, 347, 316, 308, 309 Stainless, Carbon Steel, Monel, Copper-Nickel; FCAW Carbon Steel
  • Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp, Seattle, WA, 6/79 – 11/79; 5/84 – 8/84 Navy Certified GTAW Pipewelder, X-Ray SMAW Shell Plate welder

Professional Positions – Art

  • Artist-in-Residence, Artist-in-the-Schools Program, Kansas Arts Commission & NEA Grant, Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, KS, 5/74 – 5/75 Worked within Grant Budget and in Coordination with CCC Administrators and Faculty, and the Fredonia, KS HS Art Faculty to create a Printmaking Facility, Curriculum, Community Education Classes, and to develop and implement a visiting artist schedule with all local K-12 classes. Conceived and organized a unique, first-time, week-long Cultural Arts Festival including Visiting Artists, an Art Film Festival, live & broadcast Music Concerts (classical music was broadcast on the local CW station), and a downtown Arts Exhibition and Arts & Crafts Fair. Purchased an Etching Press, papers, inks, etching facilities, taught Intaglio and Relief Printmaking processes, and pursued personal Professional Development Studio Activities resulting in acceptance in 3 National Print & Drawing Exhibitions & Purchase Awards.
  • Lakeside Studios, Lakeside MI, 6/73 – 8/73 Student Assistant to Master Fine Art Printer. Mixed inks, prepared paper, and assisted in printing.
  • University of Kansas, School of Fine Arts, Lawrence, KS, 8/71 – 12/73 Printmaking Studio Assistant for Intaglio and Relief Printmaking under Professor John Talleur. Assisted in procurement of supplies, management and maintenance of tools, equipment and etching acid baths, inks, presses, and papers. Assisted in instruction of basic intaglio techniques to beginning students.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bellingham Education Association, Vice President, 2014-2017
  • American Welding Society Member, current since 1992
  • ASME Professional Member
  • WABO Professional Associate
  • Big Rock Garden Intl Sculpture Competition Board Member, Bellingham, WA
  • Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Executive Committee, 2003 – Present
  • International Sculpture Center Professional member, 2005
  • NEA, WEA, BEA member
  • Boilermaker, Local 104 (inactive)
  • United Chemical & Petroleum Workers Union (inactive)
  • Teamster (inactive)


  • AAS-T, Professioanl Technical Education, Bellingham Technical, Bellingham, WA, 2010
  • B.F.A., Printmaking and Painting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; 1974
  • A.A., Painting and Sculpture, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS; 1971

Professional Experience, Honors & Awards

  • American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector, Kansas City, MO; 2005 – Present
  • Welding Technology Instructor, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA; 1999 – 2018 (Retired)
  • WA Governor’s Best Practices Award in Workforce Development; Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award; 2005
  • Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, Executive Committee Member – 2003-Current
  • Big Rock Sculpture Garden Board of Directors, Bellingham, WA – 2005-2007
  • Puget Sound Energy Award for Teaching Excellence, Bellingham Technical College; June, 2002
  • NEA Artist-in-Residence, Printmaking, Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, KS; 1975-76
  • Assistant to Master Printer, Lakeside Studios, Lakeside, MI; 1973

Represented by: ; Matzke Fine Arts, Camano Island, WA; Chuckanut Bay Gallery, Bellingham, WA; Ryan James Gallery, Kirkland, WA


Welding Related Skills

  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) (Current)
  • AWS Certified Welding Educator (CWE) (Current)
  • WABO Certified Welder Examiner (Current)
  • First Aid/CPR Certified (Current)
  • Welding Educator (WA State Technical College Teaching Certified), 9 years
  • Journeyman Pipe Welder, 25 years
  • Journeyman Pipe Fitter, 15 years
  • Former Industrial Pipe Welding Company Co-Owner, 3 years
  • Welding Safety Supervisor, 14 years
  • Certified Competent Person for confined spaces monitoring, 3 years
  • Welding Production Foreman and Supervisor, 6 years
  • Computer Literate

Welding Certifications Previously Qualified

  • WABO SMAW Carbon Pipe (Current)
  • API 1104 High Pressure Gas Pipeline SMAW & Gas Welding Certification
  • API Plastic Pressure Pipe Welding Certification
  • WABO SMAW Unlimited Steel Plate
  • AWS/ASME SMAW 6010/7018 Carbon Steel Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW Carbon Steel Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW 304 Stainless Steel Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW 309 Stainless Steel Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW 316L Stainless Steel Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW 9 ChromeMoly Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW 5 ChromeMoly Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW/SMAW 1 ¼ ChromeMoly Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW Hastelloy Pipe
  • AWS/ASME GTAW 309 Dissimilar Pipe (6GR)
  • NAVY GTAW/SMAW Carbon Steel Pipe
  • NAVY SMAW Pressure Plate
  • NAVY SMAW Hi100 Pressure Plate
  • NAVY GTAW 304 Stainless Steel Pipe
  • NAVY GTAW 347 Stainless Steel Pipe
  • NAVY GTAW Copper Nickel Plate
  • NAVY GTAW Copper Nickel Pipe
  • NAVY GMAW Inconnel Plate
“…exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic teacher… demonstrates excellent classroom management skill… readily participates in committees and promotion of the college… Don is a great asset to BTC”
~ Patricia McKeown
Vice President of Instruction, BTC
“Don is an excellent teacher, and he is good at what he does… A great Pipe Welder… he was instrumental in helping me become a highly paid Journeyman Pipe Welder… Don is always prepared for class and presents very exciting and interesting demonstrations and lectures… Excellent instruction… I am excited to have an opportunity to learn from Don’s knowledge…”
~ Student Comments
“Don is an excellent teacher, and he is good at what he does… A great Pipe Welder… he was instrumental in helping me become a highly paid Journeyman Pipe Welder… Don is always prepared for class and presents very exciting and interesting demonstrations and lectures… Excellent instruction… I am excited to have an opportunity to learn from Don’s knowledge…”
~ Student Comments
“Don has top expertise in his field   and has terrific  rapport with his students… Don shows his willingness to go above and beyond his normal duties to create an excellent learning atmosphere for his students”
~ Satpal Sidhu
Dean  of Technical  Trades, BTC.