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Welding is defined as joining or fusing together pieces of metal using process involving heat or other means.  The finished product is of much greater value and utility than the raw materials.


The WELDER Jump Start pathway is a STATEWIDE pathway. To graduate, students must:

1) pass 9 Carnegie credits of courses from this pathway;

2) including at least one Career Readiness course (one Carnegie credit); and

3) attain one statewide credential (or the LCTCS equivalent certificate/diploma).


The Welder Jump Start pathway gives students the opportunity to receive training and statewide credentials to obtain jobs such as

(HIghest Paying) Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Industrial Machine Mechanics

Boilermakers, Maintenance and Repair Workers, Sheet Metal Workers, Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters


Higher level credentialing and certification may be obtained by enrolling in a post-secondary welding school program.  This advanced training may lead to higher level, higher paying careers in Welding.


Starting salaries for jobs in Welding range from $26,000 - $38,000. Experienced, accomplished welders can earn a great deal more.


As part of the Welder pathway, students may earn an NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Level 1 Weldercredential through passing a practical examination (meaning a student's welding work is evaluated, using industry standards, by the credentialed instructor).  Most students need to complete two welding courses over a period of two years to gain the experience necessary to earn the credential.  A Level 2 Welder credential may be earned by those students who demonstrate specific skills beyond that need to attain a Level One credential.

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