(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College teaches students the skills needed to thrive in the fast-growing career.
Instructors Manuel Ahumada and Mark Casares are on a mission to ensure that their students not only are familiar with the world of welding, but also are confident in their abilities from day one on the job.
“Welding Technology is the study of multiple processes, such as layout, fabrication, blueprint reading and welding automation, all combined with theory to produce a quality welder,” Ahumada said. “Learning all of these facets is important because it gives the student the necessary knowledge and hand skills required to perform at the highest level.”
TSTC’s program includes hands-on learning with high-end equipment that students will use once they are employed.
“Students have access to top-of-the-line equipment currently leading the industry,” Casares said. “This, and the fact that all the instructors in the department are well qualified with real-world experience, is what sets the program at TSTC apart from any other.”
Despite the global challenges that have impacted many this year, the number of welding jobs continues to climb. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for welders is expected to increase through 2029.
“Jobs in welding are very promising,” said Ahumada. “Even with the pandemic, the jobs are still there.”
Both instructors look forward to being able to continue sharing their love for welding with students each semester.
“I enjoy the fact that I could be impacting a student’s life in a positive and meaningful way,” Casares said.
“Our welding students are attending a college that prides itself on helping and teaching students from all kinds of welding backgrounds,” he said. “They will be part of a great welding program that will do everything in its power to teach them what they need to know. With TSTC instructors, and the drive to finish the program, you will become a great welder.”
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.