Is this for you?

In this lab you need to be/have:

  • Good math skills

  • Good science reasoning and logic skills

  • Good hand-eye coordination

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.

  • Ability to rely on senses of sight, sound and touch

In this program you will earn certification in:


  • AWS.D1.1 Structural Welding Certification

Skills taught in this program:


  • SMAW Welding

  • GMAW Welding

  • GTAW Welding

  • FCAW Welding

  • Brazing

  • Soldering

  • Plasma Arc Cutting

  • CNC Cutting

  • CAC-A Cutting

  • Oxy-acetylene Cutting & Welding

  • Blueprint Reading

Typical Wages for jobs in this field:

Welder - $35,920
Fabricator - $35,170
Sheet Metal Worker - $42,730
Structural Iron Worker - $45,690
Pipefitter - $47,730
Machine Operator - $45,690
Boilermaker - $56,910
* National Median Salaries
* Ohio Career Information System, 2010
* May require post-high school degrees

Career Options open with this Certification:


  • Job Shop Welder

  • Fabricator

  • Production Welder

  • Iron Worker

  • Boilermaker

  • Sheet Metal Worker

  • Pipe Welder

Employment Outlook for 2010 to 2020


  • Demand for welders is projected to grow 15%

  • Sheet metal worker jobs are expected to grow 17.6%

  • Employment of fabricators is forecast to grow 22%

  • The need for pipefitters is anticipated to grow 25.6%

  • The field for boilermakers is projected to grow 21.2%

Career options with additional training / education:


  • Welding Inspector

  • Welding Engineer

Articulated agreements


  • Lorain County Com. College

  • Zane State College