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Overview

Welding is the process by which metals are permanently joined together using heat and/or pressure.  Welders make almost every product we use each day – as well as the equipment and factories that make non-metal products. Welders are the backbone of the industrial world, and they are in short supply. Skilled, knowledgeable welders are in high demand, making job opportunities plentiful.


Education

The Welding Technology curriculum at Wake Tech teaches students the science behind welding. Coursework is designed to help students develop practical welding skills that can be used to pursue employment and career opportunities in the welding industry.

Hands-on training includes:

  • Mig
  • Tig
  • Stick
  • Pipe
  • Orbit welding
  • Cutting processes
  • Testing and inspection
  • Fabrication
  • Symbols and specifications

Coursework may include:

  • Math
  • Reading Blueprints
  • Metallurgy
  • Welding inspection
  • Destructive and non-destructive testing

 

 

 

The Welding Technology Department at Wake Technical Community College offers two curriculum options. Click on “Diploma” or “Certificate” to view the course outline for each curriculum.

Available Options:

  • Diploma 
  • Certificate 

Program Planning Guides:

For more information, contact Chris Gitthens at cggitthens@waketech.edu


Employment

Welders can find employment in fabrication shops, structural welding (buildings and bridges), pipe welding (chemical and nuclear power plants), aircraft, robotics, and weld-employment. Welders can also own their own businesses.

Graduates of Wake Tech’s Welding Technology program may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment. 

The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that employment for welders and welding machine operators will increase by 4.7% by 2055. Salaries vary widely depending on skill level, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the 2013 estimated average salary for welders in the state of North Carolina was $36,560.

Many local companies hire Wake Tech graduates, including John Deere Turf Care, Morton Metalcraft, Apex Steel, Daniels Construction, Edwards Crane Service, Atlantic Coast Mechanical, and more.


Faculty

Chris Gitthens, Instructor/Department Head
Office: RE 221
Phone: 919-866-5167
Email: cggitthens@waketech.edu
Trish Mills
Office: RE 221
Phone:
Email: pamills@waketech.edu

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