Design, Manufacturing, Construction & Applied Technologies

Design, Manufacturing, Construction & Applied Technologies

Welding Technology

Welding skills can be used for joining beams in high-rise buildings, repairing pipelines, and creating metal art. This program provides hands-on training in blueprint interpreting, fabrication, ultrasonic testing, welding inspection, and more. Graduates are employed in fields like construction, engineering, oil and gas, and industrial inspection.

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers

    Position and secure steel bars or mesh in concrete forms in order to reinforce concrete. Use a variety of fasteners, rod-bending machines, blowtorches, and hand tools. Includes rod busters.

    Hourly Wage: $16.06

    Currently Employed: 464

    Projections:

    464 people are employed as Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers. This number is expected to increase by 9.27% over the next four years.

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  • Sheet Metal Workers

    Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.

    Hourly Wage: $18.33

    Currently Employed: 992

    Projections:

    992 people are employed as Sheet Metal Workers. This number is expected to increase by 5.95% over the next four years.

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  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers

    Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.

    Hourly Wage: $16.85

    Currently Employed: 425

    Projections:

    425 people are employed as Structural Iron and Steel Workers. This number is expected to increase by 6.59% over the next four years.

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  • Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

    Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

    Hourly Wage: $16.65

    Currently Employed: 1981

    Projections:

    1981 people are employed as Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters. This number is expected to increase by 5.65% over the next four years.

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  • Solderers and Brazers

    Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

    Hourly Wage: $16.65

    Currently Employed: 1981

    Projections:

    1981 people are employed as Solderers and Brazers. This number is expected to increase by 5.65% over the next four years.

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  • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

    Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

    Hourly Wage: $16.53

    Currently Employed: 110

    Projections:

    110 people are employed as Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders. This number is expected to decrease by 0.91% over the next four years.

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  • Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters

    Lay out, assemble, install, or maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

    Hourly Wage: $21.26

    Currently Employed: 3342

    Projections:

    3342 people are employed as Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters. This number is expected to increase by 7.18% over the next four years.

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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Awards in This Program

Associate of Applied Science

  • Welding- Architectural & Ornamental Metals: Metal Sculpture
  • Welding- Architectural & Ornamental Metals: Blacksmithing
  • Welding Tech- Code Welding
  • Welding Technology- Welding Inspection Specialization

Certificate Level 1

  • Arch & Ornamental Metals: Blacksmithing Level I Welding Tech
  • Structural Welding Welding Technology
  • Inspection Welding Technology
  • Pipe Welding Welding Technology
  • Architectural and Ornamental Metals:metal Sculpture Welding
  • Ultrahigh Purity Piping Welding Technology

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