Mr. Rice has 35 years in the welding trade working in the shop, field and teaching. His program is known nation-wide with many successful students working all over the world. Many of his students, both male and female served or are serving in OIF and OEF. Many are working in the shop and field all over the world, some making six figures in their first year or two in the field.
Mr. Rice has taught at the college, community ed. and high school level as well as written for several publications. He is on the editorial review board for Practical Welding Today, was a regular writer for Hobart's The World of Welding, and currently writes for The Fabricator and Keen Rod Ovens. He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and an Honorary Member of the International Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local #263.
Mr. Rice's students have won contests and competitions locally, state-wide and nationally including: District VICA ten years in a row, VICA 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as VICA Technical Information 1st places with a couple of years taking 1st and 2nd, Lincoln National Arc Welding Contests 17 years, And the Semper Comm National Art Contest 3 years in a row with Overall 1st Place, 2nd Place, and Overall 1st Place.
Even better than winning contests and competitions though is the fact that his students are successful in lucrative jobs around the country and the world.
Although welding is considered predominately a male dominated trade, Mr. Rice has many, many females who have been successful in contests, become welding engineers from prominent universities and the military. Some of his female students are in the Fighting Seabees and one is in the elite Air Force Search and Rescue outfit as a loadmaster.
Mr. Rice believes in each and every one of his students and loves hearing of their successes in life!