Fast-Track Welding

WHAT DOES A WELDER DO?

Get a long-term career in a short time! Our Fast-Track Welding program can move you quickly from the classroom to the workplace. As a welder, you might set-up, operate or tend welding, soldering or brazing machines. Welders also operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines. American Welding Society projects a deficit of 290,000 skilled welders in this country in 2020. Training from Washburn Tech could put you first in line for an in-demand, good-paying job.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our fast-track program will prepare you to apply technical knowledge and skills when bonding or cutting metal parts. Instruction, both formal and self-paced, includes shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and cutting processes. Emphasis also is placed on quality assurance and control, print reading and welding safety. Attending full-day, you can complete the program in one semesters, while half-day and high school students can finish in two semesters. Upon completion, you will earn a 21 credit hour technical certificate. This program is offered at various times throughout the year including a summer session.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Good career opportunities are expected for highly-skilled workers, with prospects especially good for those trained in the latest technologies. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary in 2015 for an entry-level welder was $15.38 an hour or $31,981 annually.  The average salary was $18.44 an hour or $38,358 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $31,981 $15.38
Average $38,358 $18.44

CERTIFICATIONS

3G AWS Certification
OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every January, May and August. It is one to two semesters in length.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a
M-F 11:45a—2:55p
M-F 8:00a—2:55p
 
Evening Options:
M-F 4:00--7:00p (2 semester pathway)
M-F 7:00--10:00p (2 semester pathway)
M-F 4:00p—10:00p  (1 semester pathway)