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. The Welding Technology program currently offers classes on Southern Wake Campus and at Vernon Malone College & Career Academy, and will soon offer classes on North Campus.
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.
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A student wishing to enroll in the Welding Technology curriculum must meet the following standards.
- Reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for laboratory work.
- Must not have a debilitating fear of small spaces or heights.
- Make accurate measurements with test equipment and/or measuring instruments.
- Repair and/or replace defective components.
- Communicate with others to accurate gather information relevant to locations and defects in equipment, components, and/or products.
- Be able to interpret and work from blueprints and understand welding symbols correctly.
- Be able to climb ladders up to 35' in length while carrying tools and equipment.
- Be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs. and install equipment overhead.
- Must be able to understand orders, instructions, and descriptions as well as read and comprehend technical manuals.
- Be able to wear hard hats, safety glasses, steel toe shoes, and other safety related equipment and required by the industry.
- Must not have a fear of fire or welding sparks.
- Must be able to work with hands.
- Must not have a fear of getting clothes or hands dirty.
- Must be able to locate, interpret, and apply the rules of the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering welding codes.
- Must be able to identify welding electrodes, filler wire, and supplies by welding code.
The welding trade is one with many inherent risks and safety of the employee (student) is up utmost concern. Safety cannot and should not be compromised just because an individual wants to go into the trade.
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.
Many local companies hire Wake Tech graduates, including John Deere Turf Care, Morris and Associates, Apex Steel, Buhler Aeroglide Corporation, Edwards Crane Service, Atlantic Coast Mechanical, and more.