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Welding

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Welding Technology combines the technical knowledge and artistry of joining metals. Learn to weld in a variety of formats on traditional and high-tech equipment which prepares students for a career in welding and fabrication industries. 

Students participate in daily labs with an average of two hours of each day spent practicing welds or making repairs to existing projects. Instruction also includes codes and standards, weld inspection, welding safety, principles of metallurgy, and several different types of welding processes. 

 

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Classes Mirror Real-World Fabrication Shop

The Welding Technology program has been updated to provide course work to meet the industry needs of today. With updated equipment found in real-world shops, students will learn to read blueprints, analyze parts, and carry out proper fitting, welding, and inspection using a variety of materials such as steel, aluminum, and titanium. Coursework pairs welding with fabrication skills, processes, and techniques for students to be competitive in the workplace. 

Enrollment is limited each quarter, so interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

If you would like to explore welding concepts before enrolling in the program consider our Welded Sculpture course. Students receive an excellent introduction to welding fabrication without pre-admittance into the Welding Technology program. Learning focuses on welding and metal fabrication through design and model development techniques using the MIG welding process. Past projects have included fountains, tables, lights, and 3-dimensional sculptures.   


Career Opportunities 

Employment opportunities for Welders exist in a variety of industries including aerospace, marine, automotive, medical, HVAC, electronics, mining, and hydroelectric power. The U.S. Department of Labor employment projections forecast welding jobs growing at a rate of 4 percent, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver area of $20.62 per hour. Experienced welders and fabricators can earn  $45,000 to $60,000 per year. 


New AWS Certification!

The American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder test is now available at Clark College Welding Department for students and welding professionals in the community.

Testing includes all supplies, professional support and facility use. Fees for certifications will start at $300.00, with more complex testing requiring up to $600.00.

All testing will be completed at the Clark welding lab located on the main campus in Building AA2.

To schedule the AWS certified welder test, contact Brian McVay 360-992-2359 or email at bmcvay@clark.edu.

WABO Certificate Test Location

The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) test is now available at Clark College for students, recent graduates, and welding professionals in the community. Students currently enrolled in the program and recent graduates can take the test at a reduced rate of $230 (3G and 4G unlimited). Non-student welders are ineligible for student pricing. The WABO certificate is a requirement for welding professionals doing code work in Washington State.

To schedule a WABO certification test on campus contact Brian Mcvay (Welding Technology Instructor) at bmcvay@clark.edu or 360-992-2359