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Welders' Training & Certification

OCO has a welders' training centre managed by Nigerians for training, testing and certifying welders in support of the Federal Government's local content initiative to provide indigenous professional welders matching the competencies of expatriate welders. The centre is certified by the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW) as Authorized Training Body (ATB) of International Institute of Welding (IIW).

An Overview
  • OCO, Nigeria's first appointed product and service distributor of Miller welding machines and Hobart welding products, started welders' training four years ago by offering Miller approved courses to its technical and marketing staff and technical staff of clients. The senior consultant on this training was South African-based Mr. Mike Chilton, Regional Manager (Africa) for ITW/Miller Electric, manufacturers of Miller welding machines, Hobart welding electrodes and accessories; he was assisted by OCO's Workshop Manager, an AWS certified welding instructor.
  • OCO Welder Training & Testing Centre is a Nigerian-owned training and testing outfit managed by Nigerians. The center's mission is:
    • To support the Federal Government's local content initiative by providing indigenous professional welders.
    • To join hands with other capacity enhancement agencies (both government and non-government organizations) to equip youths with skills enabling them to be self employed and eventually employers of skilled labour.
    • To liaise with other training institutions globally to uplift the practice of professional welding in Nigeria.

  • The centre is totally committed to HSE and QA/QC. All manufacturers represented by OCO in Nigeria are ISO-certified, and the fabrication operation is undergoing SON certification.
  • OCO is a distributor to the following reputable global manufacturers, and stocks all their products, making them available to the centre for welders' training and testing:
    • Miller Electric and Lincoln Electric (Welding Machines and Accessories)
    • Sullair (Air Compressors and Accessories) Exclusive distributor in Nigeria
    • Hobart Brothers (Welding Rods and Accessories
    • Phoenix International (Electrode Stabilizing Ovens)
    • Chalwyn Diesel Engine Safety Products (including spark arrestors)
    • Trystar Cables (Welding Cables and Accessories)
  • OCO is the only accredited Service Agent for Miller Welding Machines in Nigeria
  • In addition to training, the Centre is equipped to carry out welder qualification/certification, welder recertification and welding procedure qualification (PQR)
  • Trainees of the OCO Welders' Training & Testing Centre are sourced from:
    • Young school leavers who want to take up a career in welding
    • Individuals who are experienced welders but desire to upgrade their skills
    • Companies wishing to upgrade the competence of their welders; and
    • Governments (Federal, State, Local tiers), NGOs, exploration, production, construction and/or service companies that desire to undertake welding skill acquisition programs for the benefit of their citizens, host communities, etc.