Welding is the process of joining together two pieces of metal so that bonding takes place at their original boundary surfaces. Welding is used in the construction and repair of many thousands of manufactured products. The Welding Technology (WDT) Program at Wallace Community College Selma provides students with the technical skills necessary to enter the construction, manufacturing, and repair industries. WDT students attain hands-on experience in a variety of welding processes used by various industries in the fabrication and repair of steel components. Through practical exercises which are designed to be as realistic as possible and representative of actual world-of-work experiences, WDT students learn to use many different cutting and joining processes. The program offers both the basic Standard Certificate in Structural Welding as well as a more specialized Standard Certificate in Pipe Welding which permits a student to apply for more competitive pipe welding positions found in heavy industries such as refineries and off-shore drilling rigs.
Awards Offered: Structural Welding Certificate
Pipe Welding Standard Certificate
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations.
Employment growth reflects the need for welders in manufacturing because of the importance and versatility of welding as a manufacturing process. The basic skills of welding are similar across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most. For example, welders who are laid off in the automotive manufacturing industry may be able to find work in the oil and gas industry.
The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. The construction of new power generation facilities and, specifically, pipelines transporting natural gas and oil will also result in new jobs. $37,420 per year
$17.99 per hour