Welding is the most common method of permanently joining or cutting metal surfaces. In this career, you might set-up, operate or tend welding, soldering or brazing machines. Welders also operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines. Two-thirds of all welding jobs are in manufacturing industries, and employers report difficulty in finding enough qualified workers. Training from Washburn Tech could put you first in line for an in demand job.
The 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, flux cored arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and cutting processes. Emphasis also is placed on quality assurance and control, print reading, safety and workplace skills. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can finish in four semesters. Upon completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.
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.
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