WELDING FAST TRACK - Now complete in under 5 months!
Phone Lenape's Adult Education office at 724-763-5916 to request a program information packet.
Why take the Welding Fast Track?
So you’re thinking about becoming a welder? You might have heard about all sorts of exciting career opportunities like structural welding, pipe welding, aircraft welding, and even underwater welding! There are welding career opportunities all over the world in many different industries. There’s a common misconception that all welders do the same basic welding and all you need to know is an entry-level skill you may have learned in high school shop class. In reality, the welding field is extremely complex and people pursue all sorts of varied education levels all the way up to doctorate degrees!
What Are the Duties of a Welder?
Welders are experts at fusing together metals for construction and manufacturing projects. There is a wide variety of methods, materials, tools, and applications for welding, and the role of a welder will vary depending on their employer and the projects they are working on. The skill required is very similar across industries, making it less difficult for these occupations to transfer from one field to another. One most commonly found areas of employment for welders is in the field of manufacturing, such as the automobile industry and other production facilities that require the joining of metal objects together.
What Is My Occupational Outlook?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028 (www.bls.gov). Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry. The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $42,490 in May 2019.
What Education Do I Need?
So will a few high school welding classes get you a job? Possibly, but a better bet is to pursue additional education and training. The major benefits of attending the Welding Fast Track Certificate program through Lenape Tech’s Adult and Continuing Education are:
- Hybrid program can be completed in just a few months
- Small class sizes.
- Weld Certification Testing and OSHA 10 included
- Employers actively recruit from our programs
We understand that the majority of our students may need to work while they attend welding classes. To accommodate those students, this hybrid program is offered online and at night. Don’t let your current job and the schedule of classes discourage you from registering today!
This training is WIOA approved.