The welding industry offers diverse opportunities for technicians in positions that range from manufacturing to the professional auto racing circuit. Welding techniques implemented are often determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding takes place. Highly skilled welders are trained to work with a wide variety of materials, from titanium and aluminum to plastics and steel. Welders select and assemble welding equipment, execute planned welds and evaluate their work to ensure that job specifications and industry standards are met.
Welding, soldering and brazing technicians must possess good eyesight, excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. The ability to concentrate for long periods of time and strong math, problem-solving and communication skills are necessary. Dexterity is required in order to bend, stoop and work in awkward positions. In addition, welders increasingly must be willing to receive training and perform tasks required in other production jobs.
The purpose of this specialized program is to enable persons to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for initial employment as welders. Emphasis is placed on care and safe use of welding equipment, tools and materials. Employability skills are included.
This program can be completed in approximately 18 months if students attend classes on a full-time basis.
This program can be completed on East Campus in Dade City.