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Northwest Technical Institute Board Approves Welding Program In Springdale

Posted: July 3, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

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SPRINGDALE -- Northwest Arkansas businesses may soon have access to a larger number of qualified welders because of a proposed welding diploma program at Northwest Technical Institute.

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Welding Careers

• The median pay for welding-related careers in 2012 was $36,300 per year or $17.45 per hour.

• Most of the jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent for entry level positions. Training includes technical school or on-the-job training.

• There were 357,400 jobs in these careers in 2012.

• The careers will have a job growth rate of 6 percent from 2012 to 2022. The average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent.

• Employees in the career fields perform indoor and outdoor work.

• Most work in these careers is full time, and overtime is common.

Source: bls.gov

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Instruction Areas For Welding Program

• Basic safety and welding safety

• Hand tools and power tools

• Construction math

• Basic employability skills

• Cutting torches

• Plasma cutters

• Arc welding

• Metal inert gas welding

• Tungsten inert gas welding

• Metal fabrication

• Welding symbols

• Blue print reading

• Weld quality and testing

Source: Northwest Technical Institute

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