The Certified Welder plays a key role in many manufacturing companies. The American Welding Society (AWS) predicts that the demand for skilled welders in the U.S. alone may outpace supply by 200,000 individuals. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of welders is expected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Properly skilled welders with up-to-date training should have the best job prospects. Workplaces for welders include outdoors or indoors. They may work on a scaffold high off the ground, and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions. Most welders work full time and overtime is common.
The Welding course runs for 12 weeks and students train for 30 hours a week.