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Welding Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Summary of Program

A: Students use the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, including Basic Construction Math, Hand & Power Tools and Blueprint Reading. The curriculum begins with Oxy Fuel Cutting and progresses through all the processes of welding. Extensive theory is taught in the classroom and hands-on in the shop.

Our Welding Program is designed to teach students work ethic in order to prepare them for employment. This is based on attendance, tardiness, being prepared with proper attire and tools, following ALL safety rules and participating in class. Strong work ethics and good career technical skills will take students far in their careers.

Q: What are the prerequisite skills needed to begin in the program, if any:

A: Good hand-eye coordination and dexterity, 2.0 grade point average recommended, good attendance record required.

Q: What credentials or certificates can be obtained in a 1, 2, and 3 year period in the program:

A: Students will receive certifiable credentials for each NCCER module passed with at least 70%. Additionally, a 10 hour OSHA Certification and AWS Welding Certifications are offered to each student.

Q: What post-secondary options are available:

A: Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice. Welders are needed in almost every industry and those who want to advance their career have the ability to do so with additional schooling. Here are just a few examples of the fields in which Welders can find career opportunities: Machine Shops, Construction Companies, Steel Companies, Manufacturing Firms, Shipyards, and Maintenance Facilities.

Q: Where to go find more information:

A:  Office: 205-628-6596;  Email: 
Brochure:Welding Brochure

There are many career opportunities for students to pursue such as a Welding Inspector, an Instructor or a Welding Technician. Some occupations are Structural Welders, Pipe Fitters, Boilermakers, Ironworkers and Fabricators.

Welding Facts according to American Welding Society (AWS):

  • As of 2015, there are nearly 450,000 welding jobs available.
  • The annual growth rate of workers 55 and older will be four times that of the overall labor force throughout 2015.
  • Manufacturers will need as many as 14 million new skilled workers by 2020 in part to replace the aging baby boomers that make up nearly half of the manufacturing jobs today.
  • 40% of AWS member companies are turning away business due to lack of skilled workers.
  • 60% of manufacturers typically reject half of all applicants as unqualified because of lack of basic skills or inability to pass a drug test. Moreover, entry level skills in manufacturing have become more sophisticated requiring more education and training to get to the first tier.

Why Choose Welding?

The United States employs more than 500,000 welders both men and women, of whom the average age is in the mid-fifties. The welding industry is on the verge of an employment crisis, as many of these skilled men and women will retire within the next ten years.

Studies show that this year alone about 50,000 people will leave their welding career, while it is estimated that only 25,000 students will begin their welding education.

Welding is a $34 billion industry within the manufacturing, construction and mining sector, a $3 trillion industry group which makes up approximately one-third of the United States gross domestic product. Virtually all construction and manufacturing companies require some form of welding.

Students who choose welding as a skill, will find a rewarding future. No other skill lends itself to as many crafts as welding.

It is not uncommon to leave high school and make $10.00 to $25.00 per hour. This $15.00 range depends on how much time and effort the student is willing to work on perfecting his/her skills while attending high school.

I would suggest to any student, male or female, graduating from high school to seek out companies who have advanced training or apprenticeship programs. They are the companies who generally care about their employees and offer good benefit packages such as insurance and retirement.

Higher Education: It is not uncommon for career tech students to achieve a degree from either a two or four year college upon graduating high school.


L. Miller

Lynn Miller

  • Certified Welder (CW)
  • Certified Welding Educator (CWE)
  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
  • 10 & 30 hour OSHA Authorized Instructor, and Certified NCCER Instructor

Work Experience

  • 30 years welding and fabricating experience with 8 years at SCCCC.

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