Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations or seams of metal and plastic products. Welders have great concentration skills, are detail oriented, possess excellent manual dexterity and sharp vision. An NPC welding degree can offer you a wide range of job possibilities and gives you the skills to succeed in just about any area of welding.
The NPC Welding program offers a full spectrum of welding coursework from safety standards, metal preparation to basic and advanced courses in GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, weld quality, plastic and aluminum welding and more. Instruction is delivered in incremental steps; you accomplish one skill before beginning the next.
NPC's welding program also specializes in teaching leadership and employability strategies, such as career planning, job search skills and how to interview. You'll develop techniques to enhance your presentation, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Best of all, you learn from some of the most highly regarded welding instructors in the state. Over the past decade, NPC Welding program students have brought home nine gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals, as well as dozens of top 10 spots in statewide competitions!
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Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers may work outdoors, often in inclement weather, or indoors, sometimes in a confined area. They may work on a scaffold, high off the ground and they occasionally must lift heavy objects and work in awkward positions.
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is projected to continue to grow, especially for skilled welders with up-to-date training. The more types of welding you master the more you can earn. NPC graduates experienced a 82% employment rate in 2018.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in non-metropolitan northern Arizona as $64,630 in May 2017. [SOC 51-4121]
Potential Job Titles
Welding is a part of the process in building airplanes, ships and all kinds of manufactured products. The energy industry heavily employs welders in power plants, offshore oil rigs, pipelines and big wind turbines. With an associate degree, potential jobs include welder, fabrication welder, pipe fitter, journeyman, structural welder and more.
NPC's Welding program is designed to enable students to earn national certifications for their welding skills from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the American Welding Society (AWS).
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