Welding Works! is more than your average day camp – it’s a way to creatively explore a potential career. Skilled welders are in high demand both across the country and all over the world, but the hiring pool of trained welders is shrinking every year. In fact, The American Welding Society predicts a shortage of welding professionals, including inspectors, engineers, and teachers, by 2020. In short, while many college graduates can’t find work, young welders are often placed in positions as soon as they finish trade school.
The week-long camp is free for all participants and is sponsored by Georgia Power-Plant Scherer, Zachry Industrial and your local school system.
Welders in Georgia earn a median hourly wage of $16.47. Salaries typically start from $22,290 per year and go up to $49.850 per year, with a median salary of $34, 250.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics
Welding doesn’t require a college degree, and certification training can be obtained in as quickly as 7 months.
Welds and joins parts using hand-held equipment.
Reads blueprints, sketches and job specifications.
Uses mathematics to determine dimensions and solve issues.
Investigates structures and materials and helps maintain machinery.
“Programs like this are a huge recruitment tool for my program specifically. The younger that they start the more opportunity we have to get them credentials and e ven earn diplomas and degrees from Central Georgia Technical College.”