GNTC | Welding and Joining Technology (revised)

GNTC | Welding and Joining Technology (revised)


(music) (Announcer)
Welding is a major part of virtually all manufacturing, construction, repair, and processing industries. It is a necessary function in the creation
of all vehicles, buildings, bridges, pipelines, planes, boats, rockets, and much more. The Welding and Joining program at Georgia
Northwestern Technical College prepares students for the welding industry by providing practical
experience for any area of expertise a welder may choose. (Joe Burrage)
We take people and train them through all aspects of welding to put out a real good
beginning level welder. There’s a lot of people that come through
the class that are very good welders that you wouldn’t think would ever be in the
field. We get several women in the class, they’re
real good welders. (Announcer)
Joe Burrage is the Program Director for the Welding and Joining program at Georgia Northwestern
Technical College. Joe says that the program utilizes not only
the same equipment as the Welding Industry but also the same techniques and working conditions. (Joe Burrage)
Well they get to learn to run all the tools that they may run into. All the hand tools,
how to protect themselves from getting hurt with all the tools. We try to make it as real life as you can
get. We do a lot of pipe test where the students
are not only having to weld a test for us, but they’re having to do it under the table,
backwards, some of them even need a mirror on occasion, but that’s what they are going
to run into out in the field so that’s what we try to do in here. (Announcer)
Drew Swafford won a gold medal in welding at the SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership
and Skills Conference in Atlanta. Drew competed against students from other
technical colleges across Georgia. The competition allowed Drew to use the skills
and experience that he gained from GNTC and apply them to a project that is based on welding
industry standards. (Drew Swafford)
They gave us a blueprint, a stack of metal, and a time limit and told us we had two hours
to build what they wanted, how they wanted it, and coming here has helped me prepare
because I already experienced most of the things we had to do up there while coming to school
here. To me, welding is just different from everything
else because you can either weld or you can’t weld there’s no way you can halfway get
by with it. (Announcer)
According to the Department of Labor, the average annual starting salary for a welder
is $37,920 and the pay goes up much higher for individuals willing to travel. (Jerimiah Cooper)
Welding . . . there’s always a call for welders. There’s a high demand for welders. Everything that’s made of steel, metal, aluminum,
any type of metal requires somebody to weld it and there’s so many jobs. I mean, if you think about it, all the things that
have to be built require a lot of people to build them. (Announcer)
Welding is a skill used by many industries and virtually everything around us was created
in part by welding. It is a career path that offers more choices and advancement opportunities than many other fields. (Drew Swafford)
I’ve been to Skills USA, seen all the other colleges, and nobody holds up to Georgia Northwestern. It’ s just the best college out there, I
think. (Announcer)
To find out more about GNTC’s Welding and Joining program, visit our website or give
us a call for more information. (music)

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