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The two-year AAS degree in welding focuses on advanced skills sets required for the pressure piping and boiler fabrication. Industry standards set forth by AWS (American Welding Society), API (American Petroleum Institute), and ASME-Section IX (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) will be covered. Graduates will have knowledge and skills that are required to achieve entry-level positions as pipe fitters, pipe welders, and fabricators.
The department emphasizes current technology trends in both the welding shop and classroom environment. Welding courses are offered during the day and in the evening. In addition, courses are adapted to meet the diverse needs of the student, potential employers, and respond to changes and advancements in the welding industry.
The UCC Welding program is an Educational Institutional Member of the American Welding Society, and offers AWS - SENSE curriculum and certificates.
It's National Welding Month!
Did you know?
- The U.S. will need over 450,000 welding professionals by 2022.
- Welding is used to build ships, automobiles, planes and space vehicles.
- A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world.
- Scholarships and grants are available from the American Welding Society.
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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)
- $38,040 – 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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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
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Welding