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Ric Eckstein

Welding Instructor

Contact Information

1900 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868

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800.243.9482 ext. 5213


Dip., Hobart Institute of Welding Technology; Troy, Ohio
Cert., American Welding Society; Miami, Fla.
Journeyman, United Auto Workers; Detroit, Mich.


With over 23 years of welding experience, Eckstein brings a wealth of knowledge to WITC’s welding program. His professional goals have always been to accumulate a vast knowledge in the field of welding and hone his skills in order to instruct others. Eckstein’s extensive experience in the field of welding allows him to provide great insight for students who wish to enter the field. After completing a two-year vocational welding course, Eckstein began his career in welding with an entry-level position. To further enhance his credentials, Eckstein enrolled in Hobart’s structural and pipe welding program and was hired to weld aircraft engine parts upon graduation. In 2006, Eckstein passed the American Welding Society CWI/CWE exam and added certified welding inspector and educator to his list of credentials. In 2012, he was nominated to attend the prestigious instructor institute at the American Welding Society headquarters in Doral, Fla.

Eckstein makes it a priority to maintain up-to-date knowledge of changes within the welding field and apply the new technologies to insure safety, effectiveness and student performance.

Ric Eckstein, WITC Rice Lake


“With our state-of-the-art welding lab and quality instruction, you will be prepared to enter the workforce with the skills you need to succeed in your career.”– Ric Eckstein