Welding Technology FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How well are Welders paid?

    Mohave County wages range from $8.00 to $31.50 per hour. Students are also earning $13.00 to $31.50 per hour. Two students performing underwater welding are receiving $118.00 per hour plus $1.00 for every 22 feet they dive, and $1.00 for every foot they go inside something (pipe). They are paid a minimum of four hours per dive, and are also paid $37.00 per hour when traveling to the job site. The Bureau of Labor Statistics show the median weekly earnings for welders from 2000 to 2004 were $600.00 and $596.00 in 2005. Highly skilled Welders and Welding Engineers can earn $60,000 a year.

  • Is there a demand for Welders?

    Yes. An article in the Wall Street Journal has stated there is a shortage of Welders; the average age of Welders is currently 54 and climbing. The American Welding Society predicts that by 2010 demand for skilled Welders may outstrip supply by about 200,000.

  • What are some typical tasks that a Welder would do?

    Welding, Fitting, Layout and Cutting.

  • What are the typical working conditions for Welders?

    Welders will find a lot of different working conditions:

    • Hours might vary from 40 to 70 hours a week.
    • Some Welders might work in a shop, others will travel the country or world.
    • The conditions of some jobs vary from very dirty to a sterile, clean room setting.
  • What is a Welder?

    A Welder is the person who operates the welding machine that is used to join metal.

  • What is welding?

    Welding is the art of heating metal to the melting point and then allowing parts of the metal and filler metal to flow together. Welding is a diverse technology, and there are 94 welding and allied processes.

  • What skills, traits, or preparatory classes would be helpful for the Welding Technology program?
    • A positive attitude
    • Good reading, writing and math skills
    • Ability to work accurately
    • Ability to evaluate and make decisions
    • Mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity
    • Basic computer skills
  • What will I learn in the Welding Technology program?
    • Weld in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead position
    • Weld using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes
    • Weld using the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process
    • Weld using the Flux Cored Arc Welding Self Shielded (FCAW-SS) processes
    • Weld using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes
    • Weld and cut using Oxyacetylene
    • Weld on plate, tubing and pipe
    • You will gain knowledge on what is safe to do and what is not safe in the welding industry.