Welding is an art, a trade and a skill used by other trades. More than 75 occupational titles are listed by the U.S. Department of Labor that entail some form of welding-related activities. The 1990 census shows that approximately 4.6 percent of all welders in the United States are employed in Illinois, which ranks sixth among all states.
In DuPage County, welding ranks high on the list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations. These figures do not include more than one million people nationally who currently use welding as part of their occupation, including mechanics, machinists, plumbers and maintenance workers. Add to that the hobbyist, sculptor and other artisans, and you have a sizable number of people needing and/or desiring to learn the art of welding.
At College of DuPage, the Welding program is designed for people interested in learning welding or upgrading their skills in the various processes. Novices and advanced-level students can benefit from the program offered. This program offers a variety of skill levels in oxyacetylene, arc, MIG, TIG, and plasma welding/cutting processes, using both manual and semi-automatic applications. A course in welding theory and blueprint reading is also available.
The program offers instruction during day, evening and Saturday classes.
From a historical point of view, welding is still growing. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that job prospects are excellent through 2014, as employers are having difficulty finding qualified workers.
Major Employment Areas
- Arc Welder
- TIG Welder
- MIG Welder
- Metal Fabricator
Gainful Employment Information
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Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field.
- Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548
- Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419
- Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592