Ed graduated from Monett High School in 1980 and found employment as a welder for E.F. Marsh Engineering Company for 5 years. At the same time, he taught the night classes at the Southwest Area Career Center for 3 years. The center eventually hired him as a full-time instructor, and he went on to teach there for 27 years before retiring in 2012.
He holds a Career and Technical Teacher Certificate from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He also obtained his Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE) credentials from the American Welding Society (AWS) in 1998. Shortly after, he started a welding inspection business where he qualified procedures and welders while working on cost-saving and consulting projects.
Ed is currently an AWS member. He was also part of the AWS Education Committee in 2002 and served as chair from 2008 to 2017. He has been recognized by the AWS Ozarks Section and AWS District 17 for his outstanding contributions to welding education.
He is also a professional member of SkillsUSA, where he has been an active member of the SkillsUSA Technical Committee since 1994. He has been the committee chair for the last 8 years.