If you enjoy putting things together and are looking for a new career, Combination Welding may be the program you are looking for. At Platt College, you can learn the skills you need to enter the job market as a welder in one of the many growing companies and industries that need your skills.
As a student in the Combination Welding program you can learn:
- Shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux core arc welding
- How to use industry-standard welding equipment and materials
- Shop and equipment safety techniques
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career in welding.
Training to Become a Welder
Our Combination Welding program can prepare you for an entry-level job as a welder in a wide range of industries. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take in our welding courses include:
- Basic Craft Skills, Tools, Materials, and Methods
- Welding Safety, Cutting, Materials, and Methods
- SMAW Open V Groove Welds
- Symbol Drawing, SS Groove, Air Carbon, Plasma Arc
- Career Planning
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used in our welding program and the field. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Safety glasses and auto-darkening welding helmets
- Chipping hammer, wire brush, and MIG pliers
- MIG Welding gauntlet cuff gloves and TIG welding gloves
- Welding jacket
- Ear protection
Our Combination Welding program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the Skilled Trades job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does a Welder Do?
You can use the Combination Welding skills you learn to permanently join metal parts to each other using extreme heat. This creates a permanent bond which is so strong that it is used in shipbuilding, the automotive industry, manufacturing and the aerospace industry. While there are more than 100 different processes that can be used by a welder in the field and each requiring different tools and techniques, arc welding it the most common form. Arc welding uses electrical currents and an arc welding tool to bond the metal.
As a Combination Welder, typical duties can be broken into three categories – preparation duties, welding duties, and maintenance duties.
- Study blueprints, sketches or specifications for the welding job
- Calculate the dimensions of the parts that need to be welded together
- Inspect all materials and structures prior to welding
- Grind and clean all materials that need to be welded
- Ignite welding torches or start any power tools that will be used
- Weld materials in accordance with blueprints, sketches or specifications using the proper welding technique and equipment
- Monitor the welding process to make sure nothing overheats, distorts or shrinks during the process
- Inspect and test welds to identify any problems or flaws that need to be fixed and to ensure weld is clean and smooth
- Maintain all equipment and machinery
- Analyze and inspect equipment for defects
- Inspect all safety equipment to ensure compliance with safety protocols
As a Combination Welder, you will need to understand how to read a blueprint in order to properly assemble the materials being welded. When combined, all of the Combination Welder skills you learn can lead you to a rewarding career in many skilled trade industries.
Professional Welder Requirements
In order to enroll in the Combination Welding program at Platt College, you need to have obtained your high school diploma or GED. Basic skills in math and science are a plus. Once you have completed your training and earned your diploma, you may take the welding certification exam meeting the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards. You must take the exam at an Oklahoma certified weld test facility and submit the results with the required fee to the Oklahoma Department of Labor to get your state certification.
Is Combination Welding a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as a Combination Welder is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You love working with your hands and building things
- You like the idea of a non-traditional career path
- You think it would be cool to work on things like space modules, theme park rides and race cars
- You don’t mind traveling for your job if needed
If this sounds like you, then training in Combination Welding is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Welders Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Combination Welders currently earn a median salary of $41,380 per year or $19.89 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,740*. These wages can vary based on your position.
The Platt College Combination Welding program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each welding position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Combination Welding Career Outlook
Combination Welding is a growing field fast and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 6% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is as fast as average for all occupations.
If you are looking for a rewarding job, welding can be the right one for you. Many finished projects rely on welders and their skills, leaving them with a sense of pride at knowing they helped build the machines, building and other structures we use every day. Individuals with proper training are a valued commodity. Plus, technology is constantly improving the field of construction, giving you a chance to grow and learn as their field of welding continues to change.
Where Can a Welder Work?
With a Combination Welding diploma, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. You can find work as a welder in:
- Automobile manufacturing
- Oil and gas
- Repair and maintenance
- Specialty Trades
Oklahoma Combination Welding Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Combination Welding program? You can find classes at:
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Combination Welding program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Combination Welding program.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm.