“Welding is a passion. Our goal is to share our knowledge and expertise with our clients to help them succeed. We work hard to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.”


Akron Testing Laboratory and Welding School was founded in the summer of 1953. Mr. and Mrs. Leo and Eula Smerglia purchased it in 1965. Mrs. Eula Smerglia became the Director of the Welding School. In 1978, she sold it to her son, Gary Smerglia. At this time, Akron Testing Laboratory and Welding School moved to 1171 Wooster Rd. N.

Gary Smerglia has been the Director/Owner since 1978. Lane Smerglia, Gary’s daughter is the Assistant Director. Lane has earned a Master’s of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She is also the resident School Certifying Official (SCO) for Veteran Affairs, as well as an AWS CWE, certified welding educator.

Akron Testing Laboratory and Welding School LTD., is registered by the State Board of Career College’s and Schools, a member of Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools, and is a Veteran Affairs approved facility. The facility is authorized weld(er) testing facility and follows such codes as, but not limited to, American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Petroleum Institute (API). Akron Testing Laboratory and Welding School, Ltd has worked with Military codes, bridge codes, sheet metal, various alloys, and piping respectively.

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Our mission

To promote the advancement of quality welding in the industry and to teach welding to those who are interested. We pride ourselves in offering our students a program and environment in which they can learn different welding processes and develop their skills to meet industrial standards.


Registered by Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, Member of Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools.


The school's facilities include the main office, director's office, instructor's office, two (2) restrooms, welding areas for Electric Arc, Oxyacetylene, T.I.G., and M.I.G., testing lab and office, as well as, an area set aside for storage of student and welding supplies.  The equipment used in instruction includes:

  • 24 SMAW machines
  • 12 Semi-Automatic GMAW machines
  • 5 GTAW machines
  • 4 Semi-Automatic FCAW machines
  • 1 Oxyacetylene booth
  • Grinding room
  • Torch and Plasma cutting booth
  • 2 band saws