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Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to experience little or no change, declining by about 2 percent over the 2008-18 decade. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most.
Median wages of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers were $16.13 an hour in May 2008.
Welders may work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work done in the different industries and the equipment used may vary greatly. The most common and simplest type of welding today is arc welding, which uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together, but there are over 100 different processes that a welder can employ.
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers need good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity, along with good math, problem-solving, and communication skills. They should be able to concentrate on detailed work for long periods and be able to bend, stoop, and work in awkward positions. In addition, welders increasingly must be willing to receive training and perform tasks required in other production jobs.
Completers of this course should be able to obtain entry-level employment in the construction/metal building/fabrication trades. The program takes about five weeks to complete and is offered during the fall and spring semesters in the evening.
2012 total approximate cost is $425. Total instructional hours are 30.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos226.htm
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