There is almost no limit to what welding can do, especially since developments in the technology continually improve in accuracy, quality and versatility.
The demand for skilled welders is rising and the technology of welding is becoming more advanced, especially where certification is concerned. The influence of welding is so broad that many of the product designs and building techniques people take for granted would not be possible without welding. Students have a unique opportunity to learn a career that can be shaped around their interests.
The Workforce Intelligence Network published in 2013 Working Smarter document, that welders, cutters and
welder fitters are one of the top five skilled trades jobs in demand in Southeast Michigan. There were 750 job postings for welding related jobs in Southeast Michigan in 2012.
The Welding Program at Mott Community College trains students to be industry certified through the American Welding Society (AWS). The program is crosswalked with the different AWS certifications that are part of Level 1 Welding Certification. This is important for students to know that their training is based on industry standards of excellence. The certification areas are…
- Occupational Orientation – Safety and Health of Welders, Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation, Thermal Cutting Processes, Weld Inspection and Testing
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding Level 1 – SMAW 2G, 3G (with backing root and face bend test )
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Level 1 – GTAW Carbon Steel 4F, 4G, Stainless Steel 3F, 3G, Aluminum 2F
- Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 – GMAW Carbon Steel 4F, 4G Short Circuit , Carbon Steel 2F, 2G Spray Transfers
- Flux Cored Arc Welding Level 1 – FCAW Carbon Steel 4F, 4G Intershield, Carbon Steel 4F, 4G Outershield