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Welding Technology

What is 'Welding? (WELD)'

The Welding Technology program provides training in the basic and advanced skill levels of different welding processes which includes lecture and hands-on lab training under the close supervision of qualified instructors.  A student who completes the program should have the knowledge and understanding of the most common welding processes (GMAW, SMAW, FCAW, GTAW, OAW, SAW), the ability to weld both pipe and plate in all positions and of various thickness, in steel, stainless steel, and aluminum as permitted by each individual course.  Students will be exposed to standard welding procedures used in construction and industry as well as established safety standards and measures.  The student should be able to use their knowledge to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test (Certification) that is part of the major requirements of the program. Students will gain the knowledge and understanding of how to read and interpret welding blueprints as well as being required to utilize their welding skills to produce a fabricated project.

There IS A Need For Welders!

Check this video out, you will be convinced.

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Posted with permission from the American Welding Society.

Is it for you?

Do you have

  • Good hand-eye-mind coordination?
  • The ability to follow written and verbal direction?
  • the ability to 'catch on' and learn quickly?
  • The ability to concentrate for extended periods of time?
  • Physical agility?
  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds or more?
  • The ability to work independently or with a team?
  • A high level of common sense?
  • The willingness to show up to work every day?

Jobs and Salary Expectations

Jobs are very widespread due to the mobility of the skills that are learned through proper education in the field of welding.  The list is very extensive, but can include jobs in manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, education, inspection, automation, shipyards, underwater, etc.

Wages are always dependent upon individual experience, education & qualifications but may range from $11.00/hr entry level to $50-75/hr as an inspector, to upwards of $150+/hr owning a business,etc.

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