Careers and Education
AWS WorldSkills USA Competition Committee Announces U.S. Welding WorldSkills Competitor
Jordan Packer will represent the United States as the sole welding competitor at the 2022 WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai, China, after taking second place at the USA Final Weld-Off.
Former Nursing Student Graduates with Seven Industrial Trades Certificates
Samantha Marasigan, 38, will graduate this June with four automotive certificates and three welding certificates from San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE).
Hypertherm Awards Powermax45 XP to 12 North American Schools
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software is excited to announce the recipients of its 2022 Spark Something Great educational grant. 12 programs were selected from a pool of 110 applications, representing public schools, vocational schools, and colleges from throughout the United States and Canada. This year’s recipients are:
Replicating the Skilled Welding Workforce
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in Columbus, Ohio, has developed a welding education platform that uses weld data capturing and video imaging technologies to train students in manual welding processes.
Continuous Learning with AWS
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has cast a long shadow over the world, and education in particular. To overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19, many welding programs have turned to e-learning in the last two years.
Creative Collaboration ‘sparks’ Penn College Sculpture
The “ripple” effect of Skyler R. Graver’s gumption will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape for generations to come.
Welding…Spread the Word!
As welding professionals, we’re fortunate to have rewarding careers. But many people don’t know about the vast number of options in our wide-ranging trade. You can help them discover those possibilities.
Six Figures, Zero Cubicles – Breaking Down High-Paying Welding Jobs
You need a boring corporate job to make $100,000 a year, right? Actually, no. If working in an office, sitting at your desk and being stuck in a cubicle all day doesn't sound like your "dream job," then you have other options.
Meet the Multitalented Consuelo P. Lockhart
Consuelo P. Lockhart, founder and executive director of the Latinas Welding Guild Inc., discusses her welding beginnings and the path she took to becoming an artist, a welder, and a welding advocate.
How to Make Good Money Out of High School as a Welder
The closer you get to graduation, the more people seem to ask you, “What are you doing after high school?” It can be a really hard question to answer. A four-year college isn't the right path for everyone – especially when the average college student graduates with around $30,000 of debt or more.
AWS Scholarship Application Tips And Advice
The American Welding Society Foundation will award more than $2 million in scholarships in 2022, and the deadline to apply for most National, District, and Section Scholarships is March 1. Here’s some advice on how to make your application the best possible.
From Serving the Nation to Welding Innovation
ELCo Enterprises Inc. — a Michigan-based provider of welding wire products, torches, and cell support equipment — has always prided itself on supporting veterans in any way it can. The company was founded by a veteran, employs veterans, honors those who served, and has benefited from its association with the armed forces.
Back to School Series: A Recipe for Success During Welding School and Beyond
Welcome back to the third part of the series. In this feature, we are going to spend some time covering best practices for student success when attending welding school.
New AWS Welding Workforce Data Website Shines a Light on the Welding Industry
When it comes to the welding industry, reports commonly cite outdated statistics or inaccurate information. To be the industry leader in statistical data, the AWS Foundation launched Welding Workforce Data, a website dedicated to sharing accurate welding workforce statistics and projections.
Back to School Series: Welding Tools for First-Time Welding Students
Hello, future welding students! Welcome back to the second part of the series, where we explore the tools needed for your welding classes.
Manufacturing Day 2021
Manufacturing Day or MFG Day, which officially falls on October 1, is the kick-off for manufacturing’s biggest celebration of the year that goes all month long!
More than a Welding Apprenticeship: John Deere
High school welding apprentices at John Deere’s Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois, facilities got a surprise this summer. In addition to learning pulse welding, laying the perfect bead, and mastering weld sizes, Deere required their apprentices to take a communications course through a partnership with Iowa State University’s (ISU) English Department. Apprentice Ana Burke welding.
Making It Happen – Switching to a Career in Welding While Raising a Family
The thought of changing careers can bring up a wide range of emotions. At first, it’s exciting to think about getting out of your current dead-end job and doing something that’s more fulfilling. However, you may also be anxious about making it happen with your family responsibilities.
DIY Welding Project: Laptop Table
Here's something fun for the mini welders: DIY welding activities! Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. This week's project: Laptop Table
Back to School Series: PPE for the First-Time Welding Student
It's official you signed up for welding class and are beginning the first steps to investing in your future. Good choice! Now let's help you get the most out of that education by giving you a handful of tips, tricks, and advice for this journey to a rewarding welding career. You probably think that with all the money you just dropped on this education that you should be good to go, and you won’t have to spend any more cash until next semester or your next class. Well, unfortunately, that's not -always going to be the case, as getting welding training is quite a bit different than any other traditional study or program.
Your welding class is most likely going to require essential hand tools for daily tasks and course activities and the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to perform the course objectives safely. You're also probably going to have to purchase a few books for class along the way. The good news here- all the tools, books, and PPE you buy for school will be a major asset and used again when you graduate and start that first job as a welder.
The Challenges of Starting a Welding School
As a welding instructor, I have often dreamt about opening my own welder training facility but have always looked at it as an unobtainable dream. I can’t even begin to imagine how would I prepare myself to make my very own school a reality. With this in mind, I thought I would love to talk to someone with first-hand experience — so I asked Scott Raabe, who recently did the very thing I find so unobtainable in starting Precision Welding Academy, Katy, Tex. He gave me a glimpse into his teaching styles and what it takes to open a training facility.
DIY Welding Activity for Mini-Welders: Scrap Cart
Here's something fun for the mini welders: DIY welding activities! Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. This week's project: Scrap Cart
DIY Welding Activity for Mini-Welders: Bird House
Here's something fun for the mini welders: DIY welding activities! Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. This week's project: a Bird House!
What It’s Like To Be A Welder – Episode 4: Stephanie
For Stephanie Hoffman, welding isn’t just a job – it’s part of her identity. Watch the video to find out how welding has allowed her to pursue her artistic passion and find a career she loves.
Advancing Your Career: Long-Term Opportunities In The Welding Industry
Just like in the corporate world, ambitious welders can gain experience to bolster their resume, build specialty skills and obtain more senior-level roles. Let’s look at four ways you can climb the ladder in the welding field.
American Welding Society's Careers in Welding Mobile Exhibit Kicks off 2021 Tour
The AWS Foundation's Careers in Welding Mobile Exhibit is gearing up to hit the road for its 2021 tour. Since 2011, the Careers in Welding Trailer has been a driving force for welding education and career development. Sponsored by Lincoln Electric, the 53-foot single-expandable trailer provides visitors with a unique learning experience. Its wide array of hands-on exhibits engages the senses and sparks an interest in the welding industry.
Sarah Stork Spreads Her Wings
Life is full of unexpected turns. For Sarah Stork, moving to a farm in Georgetown, Tex., proved to be the catalyst that launched her career as a metal artist.
What It’s Like to Be a Welder – Episode 2: Tony
The first time Tony Bilski tried welding, it changed his life forever. Now he runs his own fabrication company and has been hired for projects across the country.
Welding Classes at SDCCE Train More Women to Enter Skilled Trades Industries
SAN DIEGO, CA — Free career training is the best way to stay ahead in a pandemic economy. The award-winning welding program at San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) is preparing graduates for in-demand careers at General Dynamics NASSCO and with national union apprenticeships.
For lead singer, Brittany Wallace and former educator, Sarah McKee, the COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity to learn a trade.
Wallace, 33, frontwoman for local soul band, The Anodynes, came to SDCCE hoping to build a lucrative career. “There is no performing live right now, I had to think of other creative ways to make an income,” she said.
For no cost, students can specialize in one to five welding certificates: Shielding Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Pipe Welding and Metal Fabrication at SDCCE, the fourth college of the San Diego Community College District.
Following nearly a year of campus closures, SDCCE adopted hybrid options for hard-to-transition classes—skilled and technical trades. Smaller class sizes are meeting for hands-on learning at SDCCE’s outdoor welding yard located in Mountain View while others are learning remotely, studying blueprint reading, welding symbols, theory, and math.
In addition to playing San Diego venues, Wallace worked in the restaurant business for 15 years, an industry she believed would always be profitable.
Nearly 40% of all jobs lost during the pandemic in California have been in the hospitality industry, reported Business Insider.
“I worked in hospitality for as long as I could remember. I thought serving was essential,” she said. “It was a huge relief to find affordable job training and to learn that the welding industry is always looking for new talent. There is so much to do from robotics and aerospace, to the military and shipyards.”
Wallace is working toward earning all five welding certificates from SDCCE.
One of the greatest challenges facing the construction industry today is prolonged talent shortages, reported Nationwide. Despite the pressing need to recruit more workers, the construction industry has traditionally failed to recruit one key demographic in sizable numbers. Women make up only 9.3% of the construction industry's workforce.
To equalize access for minority populations joining the building and construction trades, SDCCE awards grants to students enrolled in a nontraditional area of study and provides opportunity to enter union apprenticeships.
SDCCE’s 2021 spring welding program enrolled nine female welders, a rising number compared to past records. The cohort includes McKee, 28, who left her teaching career to weld.
“I love education, but I didn’t want to do it anymore. I want to build things with my hands again,” she said.
Prior to working as a high school teacher, McKee majored in theatre arts and mathematics at California Lutheran University, where she worked in the theatre department as a carpenter and a tech director building props and lighting.
After months of online learning, McKee was overjoyed when SDCCE campuses safely reopened. “I was very excited to get in and physically weld,” she said. “Plus, it's amazing that the training is free, otherwise I wouldn't have the money or time to go back to graduate school.”
Following her studies at SDCCE, McKee plans to pursue a specialty in underwater welding.
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Kayla Johnson Makes Her Mark in Welding
Meet Kayla Johnson — a 26-year-old journeywoman welder who is not only respected for her quality work but is also a woman who wants to inspire other females to join the trade.
How Jake Found His Perfect Job in Welding
When Jake Ross retired from the military, he wanted a career that would allow him to gain new skills and offer opportunities for advancement. After becoming a welder and learning about robotics, he worked his way up to become a sales manager.
Interested in Becoming an Engineer? Here’s Why You Should Consider Welding Engineering
Engineering can be an exciting career path. You get to combine science and creativity to solve problems and build important things. You could have the opportunity to travel for different projects. And you can make an excellent living doing it.
Project MFG’s National Challenge: Clash of Trades
Four schools across four states battle in one advanced manufacturing competition – this is Project MFG’s National Challenge that premiered in a new pilot, Clash of Trades, on YouTube, April 20, 2021.
WELD-ED Offers Summer Workshops for Welding Educators
The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed) has announced its 2021 professional development workshop series, which features seven state-of-the-art training modules designed exclusively for welding educators and industrial trainers.
8 Incredible Things That are Made with Welding
Science and technology are evolving at a rapid pace. Computers and digital tech get most of the attention but they’re not the only areas that deserve credit. In fact, many of the latest breakthroughs are made from metal and built using traditional fabrication processes such as welding.
Pennsylvania College of Technology Students Fabricate a "Living Chapel"
Pennsylvania College of Technology welding faculty and students spent over 3,500 total hours fabricating an aluminum structure unveiled recently at the Botanical Garden of Rome. The Penn College crew used nearly 5,000 feet of aluminum – about 16 football fields in length – to build the four walls for the chapel, designed to integrate nature, art, music and architecture.
The Making of a Welding Artist
Sean Flottmann, or "@dabswellington", as most of you know him, took a moment to talk about his career and rise in social media, as well as share some advice for those who aspire to be like him. Flottmann first got into making welded art early in his career, creating small gifts such as figurines for friends and family. His first project was a replica of a drum set complete with cymbals, threaded hi-hat and a figure with hair made of gas metal arc welding wire.
AWS Weld Wednesday with Nate Bowman
Tune in as ArcJunkies host Jason Becker interviews Nate Bowman, a CWI, CWE, and CWS. Nate shares his experience on becoming a Certified Welding Supervisor and how it's helped him with his welding career.
Arc 2 Art: The Coalescence of Welding and Creativity
Experience the journey of two female welding and metal fabricating artists as they collaborate from a distance on one single piece of welded artwork in this exciting “Arc 2 Art,” video series.
How to Find a Fulfilling Career in Welding – Episode 2: Akbar
Akbar Millender’s competitive spirit has helped him climb the ladder at his manufacturing company – from a grinder out of high school to his current role as an operations manager.
What it’s Like to be a Welder: Zach Taylor
Not everyone can remember the exact moment they decided what to do with their life. Zach Taylor can. He was 18 years old and following his father’s footsteps working in construction. One day he was carrying 2x4 lumber up a ladder. His back hurt and he said to himself, “This isn’t for me.”
What It’s Like to Be a Welder: Jason Hammer
Jason Hammer of Rhoads Industries shares how welding can be a great career choice for anyone and what it is like to be working in the maritime industry as a welder. As a welding apprentice, Jason Hammer found a way to make good money out of high school and work a job he’s passionate about.
How Jonathan Found His Perfect Job in the Welding Industry
Jonathan Meyer went to art school but after being introduced to welding, he changed his career path. Since then has worked many jobs that are both personally and financially rewarding. He also uses his metalworking skills to create unique art.
How to Use Your G.I. Bill Benefits to Become a Welder
After serving your country, you’re entitled to certain military benefits to help you transition back to civilian life and set yourself up for a long, successful career. One of the biggest programs available is the G.I. Bill. The surprising fact is that since 2009, only 51% of eligible veterans have used their G.I. Bill education benefits.
How Long Does it Take to Start a Career in Welding?
When starting most careers, there's a set path that you must follow, which can often be very long. For example, if you want to be a public accountant, you'll have to go to college and earn a four-year degree. Then you have to study for and pass a series of exams to be certified, which can add another year or two until you reach your goal.
8 Awesome Careers in Welding you Probably Didn’t Know About
When you think of a welding job, you probably picture someone welding two pieces of metal by hand in a shop or construction site. Sure, those are important, in-demand and high-paying jobs. But they’re only the tip of the iceberg.Welding isn’t just for building bridges and ships. It’s an important process in so many parts of our lives – many you haven’t thought of. So whether you like cutting-edge technology, motorsports, art or just have a sense of adventure, there’s a surprisingly awesome welding job waiting for you.
7 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Switch to a Career in Welding
Timing can be everything in life. If you’re contemplating a career change, you don’t want to rush into a decision but you also don’t want to put it off any longer than necessary. It’s also important to join an industry that is booming today but also has a good long-term outlook – otherwise, in a few years you could find yourself in a similar position of feeling stuck or unsatisfied with your job.
Turn Your Passion into a Profession by Getting into Welding
Since you were little, you’ve been asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Now that high school graduation is on the horizon, it’s time to start really thinking about career options. There are many factors to consider, like how easy it is to find a job in your field, how much education or training is required, and how much jobs usually pay.
But, also consider this – the average age of retirement for Americans is 63. That’s a long time to be doing a job that you hate. So you don’t just want just any career that comes along – you want one that you’re excited about and is something you can take pride in.
Have you ever thought about getting into welding? It’s not your typical job – and we mean that in a good way. It’s a career that can allow you to make a great living that also fits with many different personal interests. You should consider welding if you…
Ready for a Career Change? How to Find a Job You'll Love in the Welding Industry
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person will hold 12 jobs between the ages of 18 and 50. Some of these changes are small – like moving to a new company in the same industry. But some are major – such as changing to a completely new career.
DIY Welding Activity for Mini-Welders: Diamond Shelf
Here's something fun for the mini welders: DIY welding activities! Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. This week's project: a Diamond Shelf!
How Anthony Found His Perfect Job in the Welding Industry
As a third-generation welder, Anthony Gates Mafra learned how to work with metal from his father. His career has allowed him to see different parts of the world, and now is helping him settle down to raise his own family.