2650 East End Blvd. South
Marshall, TX 75671
Salaries & Advancement:
Welding Craftsman can look forward to outstanding career opportunities. Graduates of the Welding Certificate program can usually start at approximately $28,000 per year. In 2004 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated median annual earnings of $29,690 for welding, soldering, and brazing. With the recent boom in petroleum industry that has jumped into the mid to high $30,000 range. With a little experience, graduates can advance to higher paying positions rapidly.
The Technical Advantage:
Basic Welding graduates find excellent career positions in large and small companies throughout Texas and nationwide. Particularly, near petroleum production and pipeline companies. Industries throughout the tri-state area looking and calling for entry level, advanced welding, and specialty type welders in large numbers. The opportunities have greatly increased with the oil boom.
Technicians in Demand:
Employment of welding, soldering, and brazing workers has jumped in the last year. Job prospects are excellent as employers report difficulty finding enough qualified people. In addition, many openings are expected to arise as a large number of workers retire over the next decade.
The major factor affecting employment of welders is the health of the industries in which they work. The construction industry is expected to have solid growth over the next decade and an increasing demand for welders. Government funding for shipbuilding as well as for infrastructure repairs and improvements are expected to generate additional welding jobs. Welders working on construction projects or in equipment repair will continue to be in high demand because their jobs are often unique and not as easily automated.
Technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace and expanding employment opportunities. For example, new ways are being developed to bond dissimilar materials and nonmetallic materials, such as plastics, composites, and new alloys. Also, laser beam and electron beam welding, new fluxes, and other new technologies and techniques are improving the results of welding, making it useful in a wider assortment of applications. Improvements in technology have also boosted welding productivity, making welding more competitive with other methods of joining materials.