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Why Earn a Welding Degree?
The career outlook for employment in the welding trades is excellent, with a shortage of skilled welders in the workforce locally, regionally, and nationally. This level of demand will only increase as the current workforce ages and retires and fewer younger people choose manufacturing-related careers. The LBCC Welding and Fabrication Technology Program has been supplying trained graduates to the workforce since 1968. We work closely with local employers to ensure that program curriculum is relevant to the needs of local industry. Many of our graduates are employed in the welding trades upon graduation or before in entry-level positions such as: production welder; welder / fabricator; pipe welder; maintenance and repair welding (industrial mechanic-millwright work); and titanium / aerospace welding. The Associate of Applied Sciences degree curriculum includes training with all of the commonly-used welding and cutting processes including: Stick (SMAW); TIG; wire-feed welding; oxy-fuel cutting; and plasma arc cutting. Blueprint reading, layout, fabrication skills, structural welding, and pipe welding are included within the program curriculum along with many other welding-related subject areas. Students have the opportunity to take welder qualification tests and become certified in the spring of their first year.
All career information and statistics listed below come from the State of Oregon.
Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.
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Graduate Job Success
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