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Welding is required by a wide variety of industries locally, nationally and across the globe—anywhere fusible metals and high heat are needed to manufacture, repair, or alter tools and products. Professional welders are in high demand and can earn accordingly. Welding I students are taught to use manual arc welding and cutting processes to fabricate and join metal parts(Ex. SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, PAC, CNC PAC and Oxy-fuel cutting). Students will also learn all safety-related practices and techniques, and  earn an OSHA 10 card. Welding II teaches advanced welding students how to fine-tune their craft and to perform welds in various positions, using multiple welding processes according to diagrams, blueprints, and specifications. The Welding III course teaches the industry's emerging technologies and how to use arc welding and cutting processes in the manufacturing and fabrication fields. Students prepare and have the opportunity to pass industry relevant and AWS certifications in Welding II & III. Occupations: Business Manager,Journeyperson, Apprentice,Owner, Supervisor Foreman, Welder,Teacher – Welding,Manufacturer Sales Rep, Distributor Outside Sales,Distributor Counter Sales,Scientist ,Engineer, Technologist ,Technician ,Non-Destructive Testing, Certified Welding Inspector
Typical Salary in Virginia: $26,610- $61,440 depending on education level and specialization.

Employment Outlook: In May 2016, Virginia was home to 404,800 professional welders. That means area businesses employ more welders than three-fourths of the rest of the country. Welders in Virginia enjoy higher wages than some other states. The need for trained welders is especially high in Virginia and is expected to grow 6%(22,500) by 2026.

Certification and/or Dual Enrollment Option: Students have the opportunity to earn AWS welding certifications. Welding is also offered for dual enrollment through Mountain Gateway Community College.





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