(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Welding Technology instructor Mark Casares has a passion for welding, and he is grateful that he gets to bring his knowledge into the classroom with each passing semester.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, welding occupations are expected to grow continuously through 2029. TSTC’s Welding Technology program will prepare students for this rising career and teach them skills that will allow them to start the job with confidence on day one.

Why is Welding Technology important?

Welding Technology is important because it provides a body of knowledge to understand the basic principles of producing a quality weld.

What inspired you to become an instructor?

Going through the program myself and seeing the level of success it helped me with early on in my career gave me the inspiration to give back and pass on that knowledge.

What do you think makes the Welding Technology program at TSTC different?

What sets TSTC’s program apart is the fact that students have access to top-of-the-line equipment currently leading the welding industry, as well as well-qualified instructors with real-world experience.

What are some of the careers this program prepares students for?

This program will prepare students for careers such as pipe welding, pipe fitting, and structural welding.

What are a few traits a student should have to be a successful welding technology student?

Successful welding students are diligent and dedicated. They are also hands on, detail oriented, and have great hand-eye coordination.

What do you enjoy most about welding?

The thing I enjoy most about welding is being creative. Imagining a product, then creating it with your hands, gives you a sense of pride.

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