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Blinn College Welding classes prepare individuals to join the workforce by providing training and skills development in Welding technology.

Our Welding Technology classes are designed to prepare students for a career as a welder in the fabrication, construction and manufacturing industries. This includes hands-on skills development in the application of Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) processes, in all positions using pipe and plate. The curriculum includes basic metallurgy and inspection procedures, and prepares students for entry-level employment as a structural welder or welding technician. Additionally, we offer a 96 hour specialty class in Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG). 


What is the definition of a welder?
Welding professionals use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.  Through formal education, training and experience, welders gain knowledge and expertise in multiple processes.  This qualifies them to do work in any of the following fields: Welder, Welding Fabricator, Welding Supervisor, Production Line, Pipe Welder, Welder Fitter, Maintenance Welder, Welding Inspector, Welding Instructor, Welding Engineer and Metallurgist.  

What types of duties would a welder perform?
A welder may perform any of the following duties: Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits, weld components, ignite torches or start power supplies, secure component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding, inspect equipment or defective materials, Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment, monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes, examine welds for defects, recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools, lay out, position, align and secure parts.

What jobs are available for welders?
Welders are employed in a large variety of industries, ranging from the oil and gas to underwater.  Experienced welders may establish their own businesses providing services in a shop or on a mobile platform. The Bureau of Labor Statistics included welding as one of the high growth occupations for the foreseeable future. The average national salary of a welder is $17.04 hourly and $35,450 annually.  However the amount will vary based on region, years of experience and industry where welders may earn in excess of $55,000.

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Location

The Welding Technology program is located at the Blinn College Workforce Education Training Center in College Station, TX. at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station, TX 77845.

From Bryan/College Station take University Drive (FM 60) Raymond Stotzer Parkway west over FM 2818, towards Snook. The Training Center is located at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, approximately 2 miles from the overpass of FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway), on the left side of the road.

For more information contact:
Gayla Briles
Program Manager
gayla.briles@blinn.edu
979-209-7545