West Virginia University at Parkersburg is offering a new 10-week course in aluminum welding. The specialized course offers hands-on training suitable for experienced welders and beginners.
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected welding jobs to increase 6 percent nationwide, the American Welding Society recently estimated growth to be at least 10 percent over the next decade, The New York Times reports.
“There are several employers in the area that are looking to hire people who are able to aluminum weld,” said Carl Collins, welding technology instructor for the short term course. “This is a step to provided skilled workers who can meet industry needs.”
The fast-track course is designed to meet growing demand in the area. Classes meet Friday evenings, March 20 through May 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Those interested can register by calling 304.424.8277. Spots are still available, though space is limited. Registration is $800.
Students are also required to have their own PPE: Steel toe boots, welding helmet, green welding jacket, ear plugs, cape, leather welding gloves, safety glasses and wire brush.