Welding catches on in Gravette

Posted: September 18, 2016 at 1:05 a.m.

Mirielle Still, Gravette High School senior, works Thursday in the welding class led by Northwest Technical Institute instructor Brian Wheeler at Gravette. Still says she gets satisfaction from “showing up all the boys.” Thirteen students from Gravette, Decatur and Bentonville high schools are participating in the new class.

Mirielle Still likes the challenges she encounters in welding class, but she admits to getting some satisfaction out of "showing up all the boys" when it comes to practicing the skill.

Northwest Technical Institute instructor Brian Wheeler (from left) talks Thursday with seniors Mirielle Still and Eric Hamilton in their welding class...

Welding wages

In Arkansas, welders make an average hourly wage of $17.17 and annual wages of $35,720, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Staff report

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