Welder

Industrial Careers

About the Career

From deep-sea diving to aviation and aerospace, few careers come with the built-in excitement and opportunities found in professional welding.

Professional welders are in high demand and typically earn higher than average wages. Students can fuse their skills and creativity in this essential profession. Build bridges. repair rockets. start a company. Choose from projects throughout the state, the country and the world.

When it comes to employment choices for professional welders, the sky is the limit. Welders can be found working on pipelines in Alaska, space shuttle launch platforms, stock-car speedways, and underwater bridge supports. There are also many opportunities close to home.

There’s plenty of work for professional welders and even more on the horizon. Nearly half of the nation’s welding workforce is due to retire soon. The US economy depends on a constant supply of professional welders, and experts say that demand is only going to grow.


Academic Programs

Welding Technologies I

The Welding Technologies I Certificate prepares students for employment and advancement in the welding industry.

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Training Programs

Welder - Day Program

This training program curriculum will consist of AWS & NCCER materials. Students will be registered in the NCCER Program for completed modules. For an additional fee, depending on the number and types of tests desired, AWS certification testing and certification will be offered to students through the SC Technical College system.

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Welder Evening Program I

Become a welding professional through Midlands Technical College's welding training program. For an additional fee, depending on the number and types of tests desired, AWS certification testing and certification will be offered to students through SC Technical College System.

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Projected Job Growth

+3.2%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$42,000*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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