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Welding Technology

No doubt about it! Welding and joining technology is a rewarding and demanding field. With the following strengths: good mechanical ability, logical mind, learning skills, team player, imagination, good physical condition, self-discipline, patience, integrity and responsibility, you will be successful on a welding career path. Welding programs are offered at Shelton and Bremerton.


DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Associate in Technical Arts

Certificate of Specialization

Certificate of Proficiency

Certificates of Recognition 

  • Aluminum Welding (19 credits)
  • Precision Metal Cutting (15 credits)

 

OUTCOMES

Upon completion, successful students will:

  • Safely and accurately use a variety of electric arc processes, basic hand tools and shop equipment to fabricate durable goods.
  • Safely and accurately use a variety of torches and fuse gas to produce parts that are used to fabricate durable goods.
  • Read, interpret, and use shop drawings and specifications in the fabrication and making of durable goods.
  • Apply and practice workplace safety policies and procedures.
  • Be prepared to take welder qualification tests in accordance with American Welding Society (AWS) and Washington Association of Building Organization (WABO).


CAREER OPTIONS

For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.


MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT

  • Currently no license is required in Washington State. However, Washington is the national leader in the voluntary certification process.
  • More employers and most unions are requiring trained and certified welders. Students are encouraged to research career goals as more employers are seeking employees that have up-to-date education.
  • Information regarding certification, employment and advancement can be found at the American Welding Society and Washington Association of Building Officials websites.



ADVISORS:

Stephen Quinn (Entry Advisor)
Phone: 360.475.7345
Email: squinn@olympic.edu

Ron Keeling (Shelton)
Phone: 360.432.9555
Email: rkeeling@olympic.edu

Al Kitchens
Phone: 360.475.7312
Email: akitchens@olympic.edu

Kevin Snell
Phone: 360.475.7395
Email: ksnell@olympic.edu



Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"