Welding

If you are a student who in interested in the building of large equipment, aircraft carriers, enjoys working independently, considers yourself to be highly attentive to detail, can problem-solve, and work in a variety of settings, than you should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the welding industry!

The Welding program is a two (2) year program that prepares students for entry-level employment, and/or for entry into post-secondary education program at the apprentice, certificate, or associate’s level.

The program teaches students about welding and metals. Students learn to read blueprints, set up equipment and weld using various techniques, including flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead. Partnerships have been developed with multiple industry partners, including Liebherr USA and Huntington-Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding to provide curriculum materials and support of this program.

 As a component of the program, students will have the opportunity to qualify for the American Welding Society certification in the S.M.A.W. (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process. Additionally, students are eligible to earn three (3) hours of dual-credit toward a Certificate of Career Studies at Paul D. Camp Community College.

Occupations:
Welder; Millwright; Occupational Health and Safety Specialist1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $24,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization2
Employment Outlook: Employment of welders is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Properly skilled welders with up-to-date training should have the best job prospects.3

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