The manufacturing and service industries commonly use welding as a means to build and repair products. The UCC Welding Program focuses on the skills needs to meet, and in most cases exceed, industry standards for entry level technicians in the field of welding. This program covers skills training in the following areas: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, OFW, PAC, OFC, and ACAC. Students 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 the student will have the skills necessary for entry level job positions. Advanced 2nd 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 one to pursue welding jobs all over the world which require advanced knowledge and skills with 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, waste water treatment, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, etc. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics).
These broad employment opportunities make it difficult to pinpoint or distill growth and wages for welding graduates. This is also why prevailing wage and Davis Bacon are common industry terms for welders. The truth is that welding graduates have many employment opportunities, both within Douglas County and Nationwide. Never the less, 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 10 year projected percent growth jobs (Oregon Employment Department). Second on this same list (fastest growth over 20%) were assemblers and fabricators, and fourth within this same search are structural metal fabricators and fitters (Oregon Employment Department). A quick search at Bureau of Labor and Statistics revealed 20 current openings listed in Portland, Astoria, Salem, Milwaukie, and Clackamas (Bureau Of Labor Statistics). Demand for this type of employment continues to grow both locally and nationwide. The Oregon Labor Market Information System (OLMIS) site currently is listing 8 welding related positions in Douglas County, 24 positions listed Lane County, and Coos County has listed 7 current positions (Oregon Employment Department).
For more information about this field, you may want to explore the Oregon Labor Market Information System website.
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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