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Welders are needed in a wide variety of industries and locations. Welding jobs can be at the bottom of the ocean to outer space, and everywhere in between. If you would prefer an active, hands on job with opportunities to work almost anywhere, then this might be a career you would enjoy! Industries including construction, manufacturing, or even racing, are looking for welders all the time.
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, so you will also want good math skills and problem solving abilities. Attention to detail, a willingness to continue to receive more training and new skills, and good communication skills will help you grow and advance in this career also.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to increase by about 6 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 up to about $65,000 per year, depending on the type of work you are doing.
Students that successfully complete 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.
Total approximate cost is $650. Total instructional hours are 30.
**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers.
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