Skilled trades are always in demand, and welding is no exception. You can expect the training you get from welding programs at Beal College to help you transition easily into an apprenticeship, and ultimately the workforce.
Welding takes precision and a solid understanding of mathematics and engineering. If you’ve got these skills and are interested in applying them to a career as a welder, here’s what you need to know.
What to Expect
Welding is a skill used by many trades: sheet metal workers, iron-workers, diesel mechanics, boilermakers, carpenters, marine construction, steamfitters, glaziers, repair and maintenance personnel in applications ranging from the sculpture home hobbyist to heavy fabrication of bridges, ships and many other projects. A variety of welding processes are used to join units of metal. As a welder, you may work for shipyards, manufacturers, contractors, federal, state, county, and city governments, firms requiring maintenance mechanics, and repair shops.
- Detail oriented. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers perform precision work, often with straight edges and minimal flaws. The ability to see details and characteristics of the joint and detect changes in molten metal flows requires good eyesight and attention to detail.
- Manual dexterity. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must have a steady hand to hold a torch in one place. Workers must also have good hand-eye coordination.
- Physical stamina. The ability to endure long periods of standing or repetitious movements is important for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers.
- Physical strength. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be in good physical condition. They often must lift heavy pieces of metal and move welding or cutting equipment, and sometimes bend, stoop, or reach while working.
- Spatial-orientation skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to read, understand, and interpret two and three dimensional diagrams in order to fit metal products correctly, as well as have strong math skills.
- Technical skills. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers must be able to operate manual or semiautomatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments.
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This program is designed to give students a flexible 8-week modular based education in a two-year format. Students will learn quality assurance, quality control, metallurgy, blueprint reading, pipe welding, as well as 24 weeks of pipe fitting layout and design. Welding processes being taught are shielded metal arc (stick), gas metal arc (MIG), Flux-cored arc and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG). Students will also be taught safe use to become proficient with two cutting techniques (oxy fuel as well as Plasma cutting). Graduates of this program will have the opportunity to test for two American Welding Society certifications: Flux-Cored and Structural Stick; and two American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) certifications: Stick Pipe Certification and Stick Tig Pipe Certification. As a result, Beal College graduates will be in high demand. Please be aware that this is a competitive program with capped enrollment and limited start dates.