Lane Smerglia

Ms. Smerglia has been in the Welding industry for over twenty years. She has graduated from the University of Akron with a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2010, the American Welding Society awarded her with District 10 Instructor of the Year. Ms. Smerglia has been an American Welding Society member since 1997 and received her Certified Welding Educator in 2008. She also holds the title of School Certifying Official (SCO) for Veteran’s Affairs.

Ms. Smerglia has helped set up training programs for companies such as: ATI Flat Rolled Products, Simmers Crane, S.D. Meyers, S.A. Communale, and many others. She continues to pursue her teaching endeavors by attending workshops and seminars with Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools, Ohio Means Jobs, Stark County Community Action League, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, American Welding Society, and others.

Assistant Director

Gary Smerglia

Mr. Smerglia has been the Director since 1979. He was graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Industrial Management. Mr. Smerglia specializes in Industrial Training Programs in Welding and has developed programs for, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (Des Moines, Memphis), Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, B.F. Goodrich Company, J.M. Smucker’s Company, J & L Specialty Products, etc. The Director has been in the welding industry for over 50 years. He has received his certificate of compliance from the State of Ohio Department of Industrial Relations, Divisions of Mechanical Inspection and Licensing for Destructive Testing of Welds in 1974, and from the State of Ohio Department of Highways in 1969.

In June of 1988 he received his certification as a Welding Inspector under the American Welding Society Standard QCI-88, Section 6.1 of the AWS Welding Code. He also received a Level II Proficiency rating for Ultrasonic Examination from the American Society for Non0Destructive Testing. Mr. Smerglia has completed courses of study from the American Welding Society School of Welding Technology, The Hartford Steam and Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, and the Metal Engineering Institute.


Robert Shearer

Mr. Shearer has over 40 years welding experience. Mr. Shearer is a retired Supervisor and Welder/Fitter from Babcock and Wilcox.


Johnny Britton

Mr. Britton has over 40 years welding and fitting experience. He is retired from Babcock and Wilcox.