Welding Education Resources & Information

Welders are tradesmen who specialize in fabricating products by joining together materials like steel, brass, stainless steel and aluminum. Skilled welders may begin their training as early as high school. Vocational-technical institutes, junior colleges, and private schools offer advanced training, certificates, diplomas, and associate's degrees in the trade. A professional welder can find work in automobile manufacturing, ship building, construction and the creative arts. A strong technical education in the various forms of welding will expand a welder's career possibilities.

Required education will depend on the desired level of welding career. Most employers prefer a high school diploma or equivalent, some may require post-secondary education through a vocational school or a specific time of apprenticeship under an established welding shop.

Projected job growth in the welding field is 4% through 2024*. The average salary is around $40K* for experienced welders, cutters, solderers and brazers. Of course the more welding specific education, the higher the demand - and pay opportunities. (See How Much Does a CWI Make)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015

Welding Educational Links & Resources

Ferris University Michigan - Offering both an Associates of Applied Science as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Welding programs. Scholarship information is available on their website.

Lincoln Tech, Connecticut, Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas -  Offers Diploma programs. The Welding Technology program prepares students for entry-level welder positions as structural and pipe welders. Scholarships available.

Red River Community College, Mississippi - The Welding and Cutting Program at Pearl River Community College is designed to lead to a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate or an Associates of Applied Science Degree.


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