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Meet the Team

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Thomas E. Hollands

Founder

Mr. Hollands has over 45 years of experience in the field of construction and manufacturing. 22 years were directly associated with welder training, classroom instruction, practical hands-on welding, and fitting instruction. He has also worked as a job placement director, welding consultant, and manger of a welder qualification testing laboratory. He has worked overseas on two projects in Africa, one in Mozambique and the other in Zimbabwe. He has taught over 12,000 hours of hands-on welding, classroom, seminars, practical fitting, and contract training, along with international welder training in Africa.

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Brian Hollands

Owner

Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a 3.0 GPA from the University of Kansas. He graduated from Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a 3.48 GPA in the top 25% of his graduating class of 700 students. He graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in October of 1995 and has worked as a welding instructor for nine years and has worked as Director of Training and Chief Welding Instructor for five of those years. Brian has taught over 16,000 hours of classroom and hands-on welding training and has helped to further Missouri Welding Institute’s curriculum in both the shop as well as the classroom. Brian is in charge of the placement department and has also worked in the admissions and marketing departments for MWI.

Brian holds an American Welding Society “Certified Welding Inspector” national inspection certification, and is currently studying to test for Levels I and II Society for Nondestructive Testing “Technician Certifications” in Visual Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, Dye Penetrant Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, and Radiographic Testing. He has certified to both AWS-American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME-American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

Brian has certified with and has experience in all 4 major welding processes on both plate and pipe. Brian has field experience on refineries, chemical plants, paper mills, steel mills, and fossil fuel plants as a combination pipe welder and fitter. Brian is currently a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The American Welding Society, The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, The American Society Testing and Materials, and The American Society for Metals.

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Clint Parker

President/Director of  Training

Clint graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in May of 1997. Since graduating, Clint has worked on several different jobs that have given him a versatile background. He's worked at nuclear power plants, coal power plants, paper mills, refineries, and food-grade plants. Clint has certified to both AWS – American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Clint has extensive experience in the following processes on pipe and plate: MIG, TIG, Stick, and Flux Core. In addition, Clint is also certified in all positions with the above-mentioned codes. Clint also has the ability to read and interpret isometric and orthographic blueprints, layout, and assembly.

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Jerad Hembree

Vice-President/Director of Admissions

Jerad is a 2003 graduate of MWI and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University as well as an Associate’s degree in Drafting and Design Technology. Jerad is certified in and has experience with all 4 major weldings processed on both plate and pipe. He has experience in the field working as a pipe welder, pipefitter, foreman, and welding inspector. 

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Anthony Ammerman

Director of  Training Assistant

Anthony graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in August of 2008 and has since worked new construction, shutdowns, add-ons, as well as shop and manufacturing. Some of the places he has worked include coal-fired power plants, natural gas-fired power plants, and nuclear enrichment facilities.

Anthony has extensive experience with all four major welding processes (MIG, TIG, Stick and Flux Core) and is also certified to both AWS – American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. He has certified to weld on various alloys which include carbon steel, stainless steel, 9% chrome, aluminum, and Inconel. Sometime in the future, Anthony hopes to obtain his American Welding Society “Certified Welding Inspector” national inspection certification.

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Zach Nance

Director of Placement

Zach graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in the fall of 1998. Since graduating Zach has worked shutdowns, new construction, and expansions in oil and gas refineries, natural gas plants, coal mines, chemical plants, oil fields, ethanol plants, and fabrication shops.

Zach has worked as a certified combination welder, combination rig welder, and pipefitter. He is certified on carbon steel, stainless steel, 9% chrome, and Inconel, and is highly proficient with the four major welding processes which include: GTAW, SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW.

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Jon McDowell

Instructor
 

Jon graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in 2010 and has since worked shutdowns, new construction and expansions, oil fields, power plants, pipelines, and fabrication shops. Jon has extensive experience with all four major welding processes (GTAW, SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW) and is also certified to both AWS- American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding code and ASME- American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure vessel code. Jon also has the ability to read isometric blueprints, orthographic blueprints, perform layout and assembly as well as possessing a strong work ethic. Jon holds an American Welding Society “Certified Welding Inspector” national inspection certification.

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Chad Chargill

Instructor

Chad graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in August of 2002. After graduating he has worked on coal-fired power plants, fuel-fired power plants, food processing plants, as well as shop and manufacturing. Chad also has his own portable welding service and has worked on projects consisting of new construction, shutdowns, and expansions.

Chad has extensive experience with all four major welding processes which include: MIG, TIG, Stick, and Flux Core. Chad is also certified to both AWS-American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME-American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

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Kaleb Rook
 
Instructor
 

Kaleb graduated MWI in March 2006, after graduating he started out his career as a combination welder and pipefitter doing refinery shutdowns all over the country. Kaleb then put together a rig truck and started doing rig work on power plants, refineries, ethanol plants, food-grade plants, oil fields, natural gas pipelines, etc. He has an extensive background in supervision overseeing pipe crews, ECN work, and NDT testing crews. Kaleb is certified to AWS D1.1- American Welding Society (structural welding code) as well as ASME Section IX- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (boiler and pressure vessel code). Mr. Rook has extensive experience with all four major welding processes, MIG, TIG, Stick, and Flux Core. He is certified to weld on carbon steel, stainless steel, 9% chrome, Inconel, and other exotic materials. Kaleb’s career has allowed him to go all over the country and gain a vast knowledge of the construction industry. He currently lives in Lamar Missouri now where he operates his family farm with his daughter.

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Ryan Larsen

Instructor

Ryan is a 2000 graduate of Missouri Welding Institute, and since graduating he has worked on several jobs that gave him professional experience in a variety of areas that have shaped him into a well-rounded craftsman and instructor.

Mr. Larsen has worked on chemical plants, food processing plants, boilers and steam generating systems, ammonia refrigeration systems, portable custom welding ships, industrial electrical, custom racecars, and automotive fabrication.

Ryan has also certified to both AWS- American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding code and ASME- American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure vessel code.  Ryan has years of welding experience with the four major welding processes (TIG, Stick, MIG and Flux Core) on carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

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Jeremiah Heiserman
 
Instructor
 

Jeremiah Heiserman graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in 2015, and since graduating has worked on bio-diesel plants, hot-rolled metal plants, as well as shop and manufacturing jobs. Jeremiah also owns and operates his own mobile welding service. Jeremiah has extensive experience with all four major welding processes which include: MIG, TIG, Stick, and Flux Core. Jeremiah is also certified to both AWS- American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding code and ASME- American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure vessel code. Mr. Heiserman has certified to weld on various alloys which include carbon steel, stainless steel, chrome mag, aluminum, and Inconel.

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Sawyer Spaay
 
Instructor
 

Sawyer graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in 2013.  Since then he has traveled around the country welding in steel mills, glass mills, nuclear power plants, and coal gas plants.  He also has training in orbital welding where he was sent throughout the world making specialty welds.

Sawyer is certified through AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, API 1104, ASME B31.5, and is also certified on numerous grades of stainless steel, carbon steel, Inconel, Hastelloy, duplex, super duplex, 6061 aluminum alloy, 4043 aluminum alloy, and copper-nickel.

 

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Dave Foreman

Instructor

Dave graduated in October 2000 and started working shutdowns and turnarounds all around the country. Lately, he's been running a rig truck in oilfield related industries including Natural Gas Plants, Booster Stations, and Refineries. He has a background supervising Pipefitter and Welder crews. Dave is certified to AWS D1.1-American Welding Society (structural welding code) as well as ASME Section IX- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (boiler and pressure vessel code). He has experience in all major welding processes. SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW and has certified on carbon, stainless steel, and other various alloys and welded them in all positions.

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Bill Redburn

Instructor

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Wes Winchell

Admissions Representative
 

Since graduating from MWI in 2001, Wes has worked and welded on shutdowns, expansions, and new construction in ethanol plants, biodiesel plants, chemical, natural gas food grade as well a fabrication. Wes has also worked as a fitter as well as a foreman for 5 years for Multi-Craft contractors. He has extensive experience with all four major welding processes, including MIG, TIG, Stick, and Flux Core. Wes is also certified to both AWS-American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME-American Society of Mechanical Engineers Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

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Collin Burns

Instructor
 

Collin Burns became a welding instructor at Missouri Welding Institute in 2019. Collin grew up around talented welders and began his welding career at Missouri Welding Institute after graduating from high school in Stockton, Missouri. Over the past five years, Collin has worked in refineries, bio diesel, ethanol steel mills and power plants. NCCER-certified in fitter, signal person and rigger welding, Collin strives to help his students understand all aspects of the trade, including field work, safety and welding procedures.

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Brad Swezey

Instructor
 

Brad Swezey became a Missouri Welding Institute instructor in 2018. He has 18 years of field experience and worked in multiple industries, including pipe welding and fitting, ethanol, biodiesel, refineries, food plants, power plants, refrigeration and steel mills. He graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in 2000 and enjoys teaching the next generation of welders the skills he learned as a student. 

Montana Hembree graduated from Missouri Welding Institute in 2012 and returned as an admissions representative in 2020. With 10 years of experience in welding, fitting and fabricating, he has worked on a wide variety of projects across the nation. He’s certified in AWS D1.1, API 1104, and ASME Section IX 6010 root 7018 fill and cap on 2”, TIG root and hot with 7018 fill and cap on 2”, and tig all the way on 2”. Montana enjoys informing high school students about trade schools and their career possibilities, helping to find scholarships and watching students establish successful careers after they graduate.

Montana Hembree

Admissions Representative
 

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Will Carneal
 
Admissions Representative
 

Admissions representative Will Carneal was so determined to become a welder that he began attending Missouri Welding Institute the day after he graduated from Skyline High School in Urbana, Missouri. He completed his welding training in September 2011 and worked in numerous industries, including refrigeration, oil refineries, steel mills and nuclear power plants. He has earned AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, API 1104, ASME B31.5 certifications and used his expertise as an instructor at MWI for two years. Will enjoys sharing his love of welding with future students and encouraging them to change their own lives by learning the craft.

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Austin Robbins

Outside Recruiter
 

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Jason Hinds

Head of Maintenance
 
 

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Austin Robbins became an admissions representative at Missouri Welding Institute after gaining seven years of field experience. Austin decided to attend welding school after talking to an outside recruiter during high school. Since then, he has earned certifications in AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, API 1104 and ASME B37.5 and has worked in coal burning power plants, refineries, generating stations and steel mills. Austin loves welcoming new students to the MWI family and helping them use the welding industry as a way to change their lives for the better.

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Natasha Carney

Director's Assistant
 
 

Natasha Carney joined the Missouri Welding Institute staff in 2020 and wears many hats as director’s assistant. From overseeing government agency reporting and course recertifications to organizing finances, Natasha plays a crucial role in office operations and education compliance. Formerly a banker, Natasha uses her experience in finance to help students secure grants and scholarships for their welding education.

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Megan Mason

Secretary
 
 

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