High School Programs Join Welding Students with Jobs in Demand

Welding labs at Elgin and Hampshire high schools now are certified testing facilities -- the first in the Midwest and among only three high schools in the country to be accredited.

Both programs are sanctioned by the American Welding Society, allowing students and community members to obtain professional certification meeting industry standards. Courses will be taught by AWS-certified instructors at the high schools.

"There is a huge demand for manufacturing grade, entry-level welders in this area," said Nick Moran, certified welding instructor at Elgin High and technical specialist for Kane County. He will train teachers at both high schools this summer to become certified welding instructors.

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Juan Rodriguez is a 33-year-old father of three school-aged children. He recently earned an associate’s degree in welding technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT). Before enrolling in the training program, Juan had been laid off from his job and was relying on unemployment benefits and federal food assistance to support his family. After graduating, Rodriguez was hired as a quality manager at Skyline Steel’s manufacturing mill.

Dearth of interest among young people in many blue-collar trades

The National Aviation Academy in Clearwater, Fla., graduated 235 new aircraft mechanics in June and, of those that passed their federal license exams, more than 95% are now working in the field. "There are so many jobs and there are more coming," says Angeline Capriotti, director of career services at NAA. Yet the school has had trouble building interest among young people, despite boosting its high school recruiting team in the last two years. Americans 25 and under face one of the toughest job markets in modern history.


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High School students take advantage of early start on technical education

More kids are getting the jump on their careers in middle and High school, taking technical education classes offered by their schools. Take Thomas Lane, ninth-grader, who is learning about welding at the Florence Freshman Center in Alabama. The Times Daily reports: "My parents didn't like the idea of me taking (career tech) courses when I started a couple of years ago, but I really got into the welding and I just enjoy doing it.

Career day gives PNNL students real-world look at job avenues

At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's career day, students saw firsthand what real-world techniques and machines their classroom experience are teaching them to utilize, Thursday. This valuable experience may help them to decide upon secondary or vocational education after high school.

The welders were also happy to meet potential future co-workers. From the Tri-City Herald:

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Welding Technology

  • American Welding Society - Devoted to promoting welding and related processes, and to supporting all those who contribute to the industry, with links to related sites and services.
  • Applied Welding - Quarterly online magazine with information about the latest process and product technologies. Past issues available.

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