Why become a welder? Texas employs more welders than any other state, many of them right here in the region. Annual growth the last ten years in Texas averaged 18% and the field is expected to keep growing. Welders are in short supply because of the accelerated economic growth within the energy and manufacturing industries. The welding industry is also facing an aging workforce. The average age of a welding professional is 56. The expected growth with the impending retirement of many skilled welders means the region will have many opportunities for new welders for years to come! Check out just a few of the areas projected to grow in the next five years.
Curious what a welder gets paid? Take a look at sample wages for various levels of training and experience across the WTxEC region. The opportunity to earn over $30/hour exists in many welding occupations; the sky is the limit!
One of the best aspects of embarking on a welding career is that individuals can tailor training to what suits them best. Getting started in a career in welding can range from a semester of hands-on-learning at school, on-the-job-training with a master welder, to a couple years of advanced school training. Your journey could start as a successful entry-level welder and progress all the way to a skilled welding engineer. As a future welder; you decide what works for you. So don't wait to visit with our training partners and learn about all the different training and certificate options available.
View the recruitment video below produced by The Ohio State University, with an introduction to welding concepts and example of a Welding Engineer program (one of the highest training levels offered), then check out the sample job descriptions for entry level and mid-level examples of welding positions as well.