About Us

Welder works machinery at American Fabrication Academy.

Our Founders


Luke Czaplinski is one of the founders of American Fabrication Academy and is well known in the metal fabrication industry with over 25 years experience. Luke’s passion for metal fabrication started when he was young. At the age of 12, his father taught him how to weld, and quickly went to work in the welding and fabrication industry at age 16, welding for a living throughout high school. Among his other accolades, Luke is an accomplished AWS certified TIG welder who has hand built over 500 motorcycle chassis. Luke is a proud Veteran who served in the United States Marines as an Infantryman. Luke’s passion for creating and love to teach translates into an enthusiastic style that engages everyone he encounters, especially his students. Luke is proud to be an instructor at his fabrication and welding school and says that the coolest thing he’s ever built is “amazing young fabricators that get great jobs”. Luke always says he found his true calling in teaching. His passion for teaching and passing on his skill-set to new fabricators is what America needs.  Welcome to Corona, California's only metal fabrication school. Call or email us now.  

Robert Claro

Co-Founder Robert  was introduced to welding at the age of  18 working for a sheet metal company in Anaheim where he was introduced to TIG welding. TIG welding became a passion, especially when he was taught how to weld aluminum and stainless steel.

After excelling in various industries such as Manufacturing, Railroad and Off Road Building/ Fabrication (Sand Rails, Chassis etc.) None of these experiences compared to teaching others to weld. He is always good on helping new welders entering the industry with tips and tricks of the trade to parallel his unprecedented teaching ethics and skills.

For the past few years his passion has been creating skilled welders/ fabricators to enter this rewarding field.

Marcio Umanzor

Marcio is one of the original founders of American Fabrication Academy. Marcio is a highly skilled fabricator with over 22 years of experience. Some of his work includes thousands of custom chopper chassis, and countless hours of prototyping various custom parts for the auto industry.

He started his career in the diesel technology field and quickly moved to welding and metal fabrication. Marcio loves teaching and sharing his knowledge with the students with his favorite quote being, "Craftsmanship is the only thing you can pride yourself on when metal fabricating."

Our Mission

 American Fabrication Academy provides students with hands-on skills required to become marketable candidates for employment in the metal fabrication and welding industry through comprehensive teaching methods provided by our experienced and AWS certified instructors. 


Everything which we specialize in teaching could be found here in our curriculum tab to answer any potential capability questions you might have about us.