Welding is a steady, reliable career field with strong job prospects for graduates, especially for those with unusual specialties or those willing to relocate. If you’re looking to start your welding education and you’re a Nashville native – or you want to move to the vibrant, exciting city – you’re in luck, as Nashville has several high quality welding schools in the area.
Most welding education programs only require a high school diploma or its equivalent to begin, saving you valuable time and money by avoiding the college requirements of some other areas of technical training. It’s a good idea to be in relatively good shape as a potential welder, as you may find yourself needing to hold awkward and uncomfortable positions during your work, but beyond that the only requirement should be a high school education.
List of Welding Programs in Nashville, TN
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Application Process & Costs
The process and cost will differ from school to school, so contact the program you’re interested for more details. For example, you can contact Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville’s admissions department to see what process and costs you can expect from the application process, or the Nashville State Community College admissions department for the same information for that school. Whatever the program you choose, you’ll likely have to complete a work and education experience summary as well as a small written segment on why you’re interested in a career in welding.
Welding is a very hands-on profession, so you should expect to spend almost all of your time in a shop or classroom environment. You may be able to take humanities courses or other degree requirements online, however; check with your particular program to determine if those requirements exist and, if so, whether or not they can be fulfilled online.
Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal
Most Nashville schools just offer welding education rather than full welding certifications, but there are several locations in the state of Tennessee and nationwide that can complete your certification. You’ll be more marketable as a job candidate and more versatile as a welder as you seek out more specializations in the field, so consider attending welding school in Nashville even if it’s just to bring you up to speed on the latest welding techniques and methods; additionally, seeking out classes in harder to find areas and subsections of welding will help you stand out in the field of potential candidates.
Salary & Job Prospects
The median salary for welders in 2012 was $36,300 per year, making the career an excellent one for people looking to start or maintain their support of their family. Welders face a much more secure job market than many other professions – while demand for welders is growing at a rate slightly slower than the national average, that demand tends to be “evergreen” – it weathers changing economic situations very well, as there is almost always demand for skill workers in this foundational area of industry. Again, the more versatile your skill set and the more willing you are to relocate, the better your chances at finding a job as a welder.
For those looking to start or support a family, or for those looking to enter the workforce in a steadfast and reliable field, welding is an excellent choice. You’ll leave school without falling prey to the massive student loan crisis currently gripping the nation and be able to find work relatively quickly and reliably, ensuring that you give yourself the opportunity to support yourself financially. Consider a career in welding, and consider taking advantage of Nashville’s high quality and varied welding programs, today!