Applied Welding Technology I480500 (Full-Time)
M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm
13 Months (1170 Clock Hours)
Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
TABE Test Scores: 9 in Reading, Language, and Math.
NOTE: A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment in this field. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.
Please note: Welding certification is NOT available through this program.
The objectives of the Welding Technology course are to develop the manipulative skills and technical knowledge required to pass entry-level employment qualifications for certifications or certification tests.
The course includes instruction and practice in oxy-fuel cutting, manual shielded arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux cored arc welding, plasma cutting, carbon arc gouging, math and blueprints for welders.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Welding Books and Supplies for August 2014 Class
Welding Books and Supplies for March 2014 Class
Welding Books and Supplies for January 2015 Class
Construction: companies that build commercial buildings, bridges, factories, homes, power plants, religious structures, schools, ships, tanks, tunnels, trailers or vessels.
Custom fabrication and/or repair shops: agricultural, architectural, aerospace, artistic, medical, recreational/ sports, restaurant, robotic, transportation equipment or mechanical companies.
Some 600,000 to 700,000 welding professionals currently work in the United States making welding a critical skill that will always be in demand. Nationally the average age of welders is 54 years old.
Salaries for graduates range from $12.11-$18.48 per hour.
Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be a certified welder when I graduate from the program?
No! The students are trained to certification standards but it is much too costly to seek certifications. The instructor can provide more details as needed.
I have a felony; will this reduce my employment opportunities?
Possibly. The date and type of felony are important factors. Employment opportunities are increased for those who have been released from prison or terminated their probation seven or more years ago, especially if there have been no additional significant charges during that time.
What types of welding will I learn?
The most common four welding processes taught are:
FCAW (Flux Core)
Students also learn:
OFC/W (Oxy-Fuel Cutting/Welding/Washing)
CAC/G (Carbon Arc Cutting/Gouging)
PAC/G (Plasma Arc Cutting/Gouging)
What is the earning potential for experienced welders?
Welding is a very diversified field; salaries are also diversified. Entry-level welders can make between $12-$19 per hour. Experienced welders can make from $18,000 - $80,000+ annually.
What skills do successful welding students have in common?
They have good attitudes, demonstrate self-discipline, good hand-eye coordination, and the ability to problem solve. A good attendance record and class participation are traits that successful students have in common.
Do students buy their own safety and welding equipment?
Yes, students need to provide their own personal tools and equipment.
What are the job opportunities in this field?
Welders are in high demand, therefore; graduates have many options depending on individual skill levels. The welding field is booming in the Tampa Bay Area. Local fabrication and manufacturing shops are hiring from outside the Florida Area.
Welders can consider jobs in the power and energy, aerospace, shipping, automotive, entertainment (movie and music) industries. Welding is a part of most trades, and therefore, it is everywhere.
What other career opportunities exist in the welding field?
Welding is a stepping-stone for all in the trade. Welding can be a career in itself or welders can go on to become fabricators, supervisors, quality control inspectors, business owners (sub-contractors), engineers, etc.
Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by Crumpton Welding, Tampa Steel Erectors, Law Engineering Testing Lab, Misener Marine Industry, Florida Structural Steel, Nichols Trailer Shop, Tampa Bay Ship, Tampa Armature, South East Mechanical, Moretrench Environmental, Design Options, Marine Metal, Gulf Marine, and International Ship .
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
The two most significant factors that reduce employment opportunities:
1) students who are withdrawn from school for not following school policies
2) students who fail employer drug testing
How can I learn more about this career field?
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