Looking for a great paying career but don’t have four years to invest in a college degree? Check out a career in welding. This ever growing trade is used in practically every industry. And Atlanta has a great selection of schools from which to choose: Atlanta Technical College, Fortss, Center for Industry and Technology, Georgia Trade School, and Laurus Technical Institute to name just a few. Imagine getting the education you need while being able to remain close to home. Look closer at what a welding career has to offer.
Individual schools will each have their own requirements so you much research each carefully. In general you must be 16 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. Some facilities require an admissions test if you have not completed the SAT or ACT test within the last several years. The Admissions officer will have this information.
List of Welding Programs in Atlanta, GA
You can find other options through our sponsored listings below!
median earnings per week than workers with only a high school diploma*.
Application Process & Costs
To enter a trade or Technical school, an application must be submitted. This can be done through the mail or on-line. It is highly recommended to meet with an admission representative from the school. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. You may even opt to take a tour of the facility. It is very important that you feel comfortable with the school and curriculum.
An admission representative may also recommend you speak with a Financial Aid Officer. There may be grants or loans available to help you with tuition. Also contact local unions and trade associations. Some of these also offer scholarships for those entering the trade.
And don’t overlook traditional colleges. Many offer welding engineer degrees. The choices for gaining your welding education are almost limitless.
Although hands-on training is a requirement, some schools offer on-line course completion of select subject. Items like Workplace safety, mathematics, and other elective courses may be taken at home at your convenience. Consider your needs and verify with each college or Technical school if they can accommodate this for you.
Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal
Upon graduation from any of these academic facilities, the student is qualified to test for certification. There is no one general test for welding. Each area or type of welding requires its own test. It is possible to hold several welding certifications at the same time. They do expire after several years if not working in that field, so it may not be necessary to hold multiples.
Salary & Job Prospects
Once you receive your welding certificate, your future is entirely up to you. There are so many paths you can follow with your training, you are only limited by your imagination.
According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, there is an anticipated increase of 15% in welding and welding related jobs in the United States between 2010 – 2020. In 2012 the median wage for a beginning welder was $36,300. Welding is one of the few occupations not threatened by computerization. It is used in a multitude of manufacturing areas:
- Power generation
- Automobile Manufacturing
- Industrial Maintenance
As a new recipient of your welding certificate, you can expect to earn between $10 and $14 per hour.However the more areas you become certified in, the more you can earn. A college graduate with a Welding Engineer degree can expect $50,000 the first year. If you are drawn to a higher paying position, you can consider some non-traditional welding careers. Underwater welders start in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.Off-shore has the potential of $100,000 after a few years experience.