I’m Rick Ward, I’m the Welding instructor here at College of The Albemarle. One of the most
popular courses we have is Welding. We offer, uh, basic 16-week learning to weld course and it’ll take you through uh stick first then MIG then TIG welding. We knew back in the 90’s that there was gonna be a need for welders in the future and it’s
come to fruition. There’s quite a demand right now, wages
are up guys have been welding for a few years, they’re making around $25 or more an hour. Some jobs in particular
they pay $200,000 a year for a welder diver. And you can uh get welding jobs where you travel. The employer is looking for a welder that’s had schooling. A student here he can pass a qualification test, be a certified welder. When the student
gets the job he’s gonna take welding test anyway.
Especially in the curriculum class I want the students to be knowledgeable
about what their welding on what they’re welding with and the process itself if they need a shielding gas, how much
flow it needs uh how much amperage, how much voltage what to do if there’s something wrong with
the weld, they’ll be able to recognize what’s going wrong and they’ll be able to fix it. I want the students to be able to answer any question posed
to them by a prospective employer. I want them to be
an asset to the employer. I want the employer to recognize these students know
what they’re talking about. They’re gonna be able to help the employer when the employer has problems. Oh, Rick’s a great teacher. he shows like what we’re doing wrong, he’ll
tell us either slowdown or make our weave a little bit smaller or uh go a little faster. One of the kids in our class he was struggling a little bit students helped him and then Rick showed us what we need to show him and all that stuff and uh it was really good. My plan is take more welding pipe welding, stick welding, take all the other courses and to hopefully get into the career. This summer we’re offering welding brush up class for the guys who have taken the class before or another certified welder who’s got a certificate he needs to keep it up to date. We also offer a class for somebody who’s just purchased a small welder from like uh one of the box stores and they’re not sure how to use it and they need a little help. We also offer a welding symbol and blueprint reading class which a lotta welding employers are requiring that now
of their welders. We also have welding for sculpture class, I weld sculptures, I enjoy it and I’d like for, have other people welding sculptures. There are no particular requirements and it’s open to the public but
we are limited to 10 spaces, so register now. I would encourage anybody of any age, come in and take one of my courses I’d love to teach you how to weld.