Can you think of an occupation that offers opportunities to travel, gets better the more you learn, and has plenty of room for job placement? Although it may not be the one that comes to mind first, a career in welding technologies offers a lot of room for growth and employment in just about everywhere in the world. Especially because there are about 40 percent fewer welders (as of 2015, according to NPR), the demand is high for bright, determined welders. With CTAE, you can earn a welding career certificate and start your welding career. Here are some in-depth reasons of why you should pursue a career in welding technology.

Welding Education Opens Doors

If you’re concerned that welding might no longer be a “hot career”, rest assured. The welding industry will have a shortage of almost 300,000 jobs by 2020, so there’s room for everyone. The exciting part about it is that welding is involved with everything: from automobiles and planes to power plants and household tools. With the career being so hands-on, you’ll never get bored of the attention and skill needed for your job every day. You’ll need to be attentive to details and learn easily from applied education getting your welding certifications, but once you understand what you’re doing you’ll appreciate the importance of welding.

A Welding Career Certificate Lets You Travel

Community Technical and Adult Education’s Welding Technology program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and certifications to become successful in the welding field. In this “Career In A Year” program, students may earn a welding career certificate and nationally recognized American Welding Society (AWS) welding certifications. These certifications open many doors for our graduates, both locally and nationally.

With so much involvement in other fields, your work can also take you to other parts of the world—if you pursue those opportunities. Perhaps your job entails going out to sea to build or repair a ship, or you could install or repair pipelines in Alaska, Texas, or in the Dakotas. Where you want to go depends on you and the efforts you take to get there. Welding also crosses over into other industries. Your welding education may lead you to work in engineering, robotics, inspection, sales or even education.

At the end of it all, the requirements to earn a welding career certificate include regular attendance, attention to detail, and dedication to your craft. In welding, everything you come in contact with on the job is “hot, sharp, and/or heavy”, so taking proper safety precautions is a necessity. The classroom plays a vital part in gaining the knowledge needed to become successful, but CTAE’s welding lab and new outdoor welding pavilion provide the atmosphere to sharpen your skills, and become a great welder.

Ready to enroll? For CTAE’s Welding Technologies Program July 2016 daytime or evening courses, applications are due by Thursday, April 21. However, applications will be accepted until classes are filled.