High-tech, highly skilled, high payingWelding is an art, a trade and a skill used by other trades. More than 75 occupational titles are listed by the U.S. Department of Labor that entail some form of welding-related activities. .In DuPage County, welding ranks high on the list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations. These figures do not include more than one million people nationally who currently use welding as part of their occupation, including mechanics, machinists, plumbers and maintenance workers. Add to that the hobbyist, sculptor and other artisans, and you have a sizable number of people needing and/or desiring to learn the art of welding.Examples of Welding Careers -- what do they do?
The average American welder is 54-years-old, and about 45 percent of the workforce is in their 50s or older, said Monica Parr, corporate director of workforce development at the Miami-based American Welding Society. The U.S. economy includes more than 388,000 welding jobs. The welding society projects the need for 111,000 new welders in five years as industry needs grow and some workers retire.CURRICULUM TOPICSThe topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.
What will my classes be like?
Learn and practice the four LAWS -- Arc Length, Travel Angle, Work Angle, and Travel Speed – as you develop skill in creating fundamental welding joints (butt, T, lap, and corner). You will have the opportunity to work in the four major processes: SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding) and oxyacetylene. Discover how all these are utilized in welding, cutting, and brazing. Develop and practice the industry’s life skills including safe welding practices conforming to American Welding Society standards, estimate preparation, accurate measuring techniques, shop expansion issues, time management, industrial mathematics, and communication skills. Advanced students will learn to interpret fabrication blueprints, including welding symbols, metal shapes, and specifications.Oxy-Fuel, Welding, Plasma Cutting and BrazingOperation of oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment and plasma cutting. Students learn to produce quality welds and braze joints in the flat, horizontal, overhead and vertical positions. Also introduces cutting methods of profile, pipe, square and bevel.Instructor