Welding technologies

Welding Technologies

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Our Instructors

Alan Wuebker
Instructor Level I & II
wuebkera@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980  x817

Matt Shirey
Paraprofessional
shireym@uppervalleycc.org
937.778.1980  x739

What We Do in Welding

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Skills for the Future

Welding students gain a solid foundation by understanding the basic terms, techniques, and procedures of the American Welding Society. This knowledge is put into practice, producing a variety of projects interpreted from blueprints.

Skills learned include:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

  • Shear

  • Saws

  • Drill Press

  • Press Brake

  • CNC Plasma Cutter

  • Oxy-acetylene Cutting and Brazing

  • Welds Symbols & Blueprint Reading

Welding Technologies students work with mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron, and learned to weld flat, horizontally, vertical, and overhead.

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Career Development

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Career Opportunities

  • Production Welder

  • Apprentice

  • Ironworker

  • Pipefitter

  • Boilermaker

  • Millwright

  • Salesperson

  • Test welder

  • Welder/fabricator

Industry Stats

  • 6% projected growth in the next 10 years = 22,500 new jobs

  • Ohio employs 17,310 of the 404,800 welders in the US 

Earning Potential

  • Median wage: $19.35/hour

  • Typical range: $13.20 - $30.37/hour

  • Advanced skills and training can increase earning potential

Work-Based Learning

Students who qualify have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year. All three programs allow students to work within their career field while attending school on a modified schedule, so you they gain skills, experience and competitive wages.

Learn more here!

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Career Development

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College Agreements

  • Edison State Community College

Advanced Education Opportunities

  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

  • Ohio Technical College

  • Lincoln Tech

Certifications Earned

  • OSHA 10 Hour

  • Forklift

  • AWS Welder Certification (optional)

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