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-Dr. Rita Cavin
UCC Interim President
The manufacturing and service industries commonly use welding as a means to build and repair products. The UCC Welding program focuses on the skills needed to meet, and in most cases exceed, industry standards for entry-level technicians in the field of welding.
UCC's Welding program covers training in the following areas: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, OFW, PAC, OFC, and ACAC. You will learn to weld in all positions (flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead) using the latest technology and equipment.
Upon successful completion of the basic certificate, you will have the skills necessary for entry-level jobs. Advanced second-year courses are available to extend the skills learned in manufacturing and repair of products made from materials requiring special fabrication procedures. All courses align with the American Welding Society SENSE program curriculum. Acquiring these skills will enable you to pursue welding jobs that require advanced knowledge and skills, and offer higher pay.
Employment opportunities include: mining, logging, oil and gas extraction, bridge work, construction, automobile production and transportation, millwork and millwrights (not just timber mills, there are all sorts of mills that require millwrights), waste treatment, wastewater treatment, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, etc. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics).
Welding graduates have many employment opportunities, both within Douglas County and nationwide. Nevertheless, wages for welders in Douglas County vary from $10 to $25 an hour (Oregon Employment Department).
The average annual salary for welders within the state of Oregon is: (Oregon Employment Department)
- $37,072 – Douglas County
- $34,700 – Lane, Coos, and Curry Counties
- $40,557 – Tillamook County
- $36,838 – Statewide Average (Oregon Employment Department)
Welders, cutters, solders, and braziers are at the very top of the 10-year projected percent growth jobs (Oregon Employment Department). Second on this same list (fastest growth over 20 percent) are assemblers and fabricators, and fourth within this same search are structural metal fabricators and fitters. The Oregon Labor Market Information System currently lists eight welding-related positions in Douglas County, 24 positions in Lane County, and seven positions in Coos County.
For more information about this field, you may want to explore the Oregon Labor Market Information System website.
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View / Download catalog information for Welding: One-Year Certificate
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Ian Fisher - Contact
Welding Associate Professor, Coordinator, CWI