Welding, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Welders join metal parts together using a tool that generates intense heat. They also study blueprints or project specifications, calculate the dimensions of the parts to be welded, inspect materials or structures that need welding, monitor the process of welding as a caution for overheating, and maintain welding machinery and equipment they work with. Welders work in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automobile, manufacturing, construction, maritime and more.
CCBC, in partnership with Earlbeck Gases and Technologies, offers a series of welding courses that covers the fundamentals of welding including basic metallurgy, welding codes, nondestructive examination, and welding symbols, through intermediate level welding in Gas Metal Arc (MIG), Shielded Metal Arc (Stick), or Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG) processes. Students perform various weld positions with different metals depending on the welding process. Classes are held at Earlbeck, which is fully equipped to offer hands-on training and instruction.
Students should be detailed-oriented, dependable, self-controlled, follow safety rules, follow directions, have manual dexterity, have mechanical aptitude and have mathematical aptitude. Students will also need to be able to stand for long periods of time, and be able to lift 35 pounds. Students will be working around flames, high temperatures, and fumes.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of welders is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland. Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 400. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: https://ccbcmd.lightcastcc.com.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. prepare to pass American Welding Society (AWS) certifications;
2. prepare material and safely perform fillet and groove welds on various types of metals; and
3. prepare for a career in welding in a variety of industries.