If you prefer an active, hands-on job with opportunities to work almost anywhere, then Welding might be the career for you!
Welders are needed in a wide variety of industries and locations, including construction, manufacturing, or even racing. As a welder, you will need good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to focus on what you are doing. Welders also study blueprints, inspect structures or projects, and calculate dimensions of objects, making good math skills and problem-solving abilities important for this career. Attention to detail, a willingness to continue to receive more training and new skills, and good communication skills will also help you grow and advance in this career.
No. of Classes Required:
One, 10-session course
The program takes about five weeks to complete and is offered during the fall and spring semesters in the evening.
In-classroom with hands-on training in state-of-the-art welding booths
Must be at least 18 years of age
10th grade reading level preferred
Construction experience helpful
Introduction to Arc Welding
What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?
Upon successful completion of this course, students may obtain entry-level employment in the construction/metal building/fabrication trades. Additional trainings and certifications are recommended to advance your career in this exciting and lucrative field.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to increase by about 4 percent over the 2016-26 decade. The work done in the different industries and the equipment used may vary greatly, but 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.
On average, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers in Maryland will earn an average of $52,540* and up to about $65,000* per year, depending on the type of work they are doing.
*Completion of this certificate does not guarantee this wage.
Who Teaches This Program?
This program is taught by an experienced, certified welder.