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Welding plays a critical role in the strength and durability of everything from cars to heavy industrial machinery to bridges. In Piedmont Tech’s welding program, you’ll learn to weld in the four main positions on both structured steel and pipe.
Credentials Offered:Basic Welding Certificate
General Technology - Welding (A.A.S.)
Graduation Date: August 2015
Being raised with three brothers, Cassandra Jones was a self-proclaimed tomboy. She was interested in cars and mechanical things.
A Career in Welding
Because welding is such an important part of most products, employment can be found in a wide range of settings — from heavy manufacturing, like making airplanes, cars, and earthmoving equipment to residential and commercial construction. Welding also plays an important role in building and maintaining oil pipelines and rigs, power plants, and many other industries.
Graduates of the Welding program are prepared to work for construction firms, sheet metal fabricators, plant maintenance providers, auto body welding companies and other heavy industrial careers. Although placement rates vary from year to year, around 90 percent of graduates find work a short time after graduation. Job prospects should continue to be excellent as employers report difficulty finding enough qualified people.
What Will I Do as a Welder?
Whether you like the idea of traveling and working outdoors, or if you want an indoor job that’s close to home, you can find a great job as a welder. You can also find welding-related jobs in sales, teaching, and opportunities are good if you want to start your own company.
- Study blueprints, sketches or specifications
- Calculate dimensions to be welded
- Ignite torches or start power supplies
- Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
- Maintain equipment and machinery
- Inspect structures or materials to be welded
Career Quick Facts
- Career Outlook
- Median Salary Average: $37,700
- 94% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates
- Entry Level Positions
- Possible Self-Employement
- Albemarle Chemical Plant
- Austin Industrial
- Big Gun Robotics LLC
- Carolina Pride
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
- City of Elberton
- Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority
- Cooper Power Systems
- Dalkotech SC
- Eaton Corporation
- Fluor Daniel
- General Electric
- Kimura, Inc.
- Lanford Welding & Mechanical
- Metal Masters
- Muns Welding and Mechanical, Inc.
- Piedmont Technical College
- Pitts Steel
- Redline Machining
- Russell Dam
- Sage Automotives
- Spirit Construction
- Trades Industrial Company, Inc.
- United Magill
- Valley Proteins
With morning, afternoon and evening programs, and class locations in both Greenwood and Laurens, Piedmont Tech’s Welding program makes attending class easy to work into your schedule
You can also get started early through our dual enrollment agreements in some high schools. Check with your guidance counselor for more details.