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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.

Some programs fall under Gainful Employment regulations. Please visit www.olympic.edu/GainfulEmployment for disclosure information.


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

Chris Hobson (Shelton)
Phone: 360.432.9555
Email: chobson@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"