Workforce Education » Welding
In an industry that is expected to grow 15% over the next 10 years, welders are and will continue to be in high demand. As infrastructure ages throughout the U.S., this demand is expected to continue to grow. Welding technician jobs exist in nearly all manufacturing, construction, repair and processing industries. Welders are employed in vehicle and heavy equipment manufacturing, ship and aircraft building, bridge, building and pipeline construction, and the list goes on. In general, if metal joining (welding) is a part of the manufacturing, construction, or repair process, welding technicians are doing it. With a median annual income of $44,025 a year, and with medical and retirement benefits available at most jobs, the earning potential for welders is above the national average for most other occupations.
Our Welding Program
Prepares students to compete for jobs as entry-level welders in the building trades
Our Welding Technology program prepares students to compete for employment as entry-level welders in building trades, ship building, structural fabrication, automatic and semiautomatic welding, and in maintenance welding.
In addition, the Welding Technology ATA program prepares students for advanced welding skills in Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW or Stick) welding. Students will also have the opportunity to gain the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) Welding Certification.
A Welding Certification of Proficiency program can be completed in just 1 year with our evening welding program. These classes are offered in the evening to provide students the flexibility of attending other classes during the day or working students can continue to work while earning their welding certifications.
Occupational Outlook, Job & Salary Statistics
There are many local and regional employers in manufacturing, construction, and maintenance that require welding technicians. The average entry level wage for a welder in Washington State is $15.75 per hour in the region and can be up to $45 or more per hour for highly skilled certified welders.
For statistics on welding technician occupations, see:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics > Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
- U.S. Dept. of Labor, Job & Salary statistics
- WOIS/The Career Information System (available for current students)
* Wage statistics come from WOIS and are for Washington State.