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Welding Technology

Program Details

Are you ready to let the sparks fly in Southern’s  welding program and classes?

You'll cut, weld and solder your way to a skilled trade career! As a graduate of Southern's Welding program, your career options include manufacturing, commercial construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale trade and repair and maintenance.

What is Welding?

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. About 80 percent of welding jobs are in manufacturing. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

Where do Welders work?

Welding is a specialized skill that offers career opportunities in: welding shops, manufacturing of metal goods, construction, pipe welding, plant maintenance, shipbuilding, and many others.  From the tallest skyscrapers to machines and appliances that help make life easier, welders play a critical role in keeping our economy moving.

What's the job outlook?

Demand for welders is increasing in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries. Despite overall employment declines in manufacturing, the outlook for welders is far stronger than for other occupations within that industry. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another depending on where they are needed most. The needs are changing in our area as highlighted in a recent issue of The Fabricator. www.thefabricator.com/article/shopmanagement/fabricating-in-the-coal-mining-region-undergoes-transformation

What will I do with my education?

The Welding Technology Program provides the student with a solid foundation which will enable them to achieve American Welding Society Certification in such areas as:  Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.), Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (G.T.A.W.) and Flux-Core Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.). Students will master skills in the areas of Stick Welding, Mig Welding , Flux Core Welding , Tig Welding, Oxygen Fuel Welding and Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc Cutting/Gouging, Print Reading, and welding of Nonferrous Metals and Alloys. There is also a Certificate Program available as well as Skill-sets in Pipe Welding, Welding in Mining and Plant Maintenance.  

How do I start?

For more information or if you have questions, please contact: Sheridan Taylor – Instructional Specialist at 304-236-7166 or Guy Lowes, Division Head of Applied and Industrial Technology at 304-236-7633.

You'll get more than career training at Southern.

You'll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job!