High-tech, highly skilled, high paying
The average American welder is 54-years-old, and about 45 percent of the workforce is in their 50s or older, said Monica Parr, corporate director of workforce development at the Miami-based American Welding Society. The U.S. economy includes more than 388,000 welding jobs. The welding society projects the need for 111,000 new welders in five years as industry needs grow and some workers retire.
What will my classes be like?
Learn and practice the four LAWS -- Arc Length, Travel Angle, Work Angle, and Travel Speed – as you develop skill in creating fundamental welding joints (butt, T, lap, and corner). You will have the opportunity to work in the four major processes: SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) and oxyacetylene. Discover how all these are utilized in welding, cutting, and brazing. Develop and practice the industry’s life skills including safe welding practices conforming to American Welding Society standards, estimate preparation, accurate measuring techniques, shop expansion issues, time management, industrial mathematics, and communication skills. Advanced students will learn to interpret fabrication blueprints, including welding symbols, metal shapes, and specifications.