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Aluminum is the metal of the future. It is 1/3 the weight of steel, has an excellent strength to weight ratio, is virtually corrosion resistant, and is 100% recyclable. These material properties and many more are making Aluminum the choice metal for future engineering applications around the world. This material is not difficult to weld, it’s just different, and should not be treated like steel. In this series of courses, the student will learn the differences in metallurgy, filler metal selection, process applications, fabrication techniques, and weld procedure development. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills that are required to achieve entry-level positions as aluminum welders and fabricators. Basic tools and PPE for fabrication and welding are required; a list of tools are available from the welding instructors. The Welding Department seeks to maximize the ability of its graduates to compete in the job market by offering relevant and up-to-date course in welding technology.
Did you know?
- The U.S. will need over 450,000 welding professionals by 2022.
- Welding is used to build ships, automobiles, planes and space vehicles.
- A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world.
- Scholarships and grants are available from the American Welding Society.
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The average annual salary for welders within the state of Oregon is: (Oregon Employment Department)
- $42,380 – Douglas County
- $41,365 – Lane County
- $41,344 – Rogue Valley
- $52,962 – Portland Tri-County
- $48,900 – Statewide Average (Oregon Employment Department)
For more information about this field, you may want to explore the Oregon Labor Market Information System website.
View / Download catalog information for Welding: Aluminum Only: Pathway Certificate
View / Download advising information for Welding: Aluminum Only: Pathway Certificate
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- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Ian Fisher - Contact
Associate Professor, Coordinator, Welding