There was a vacuum created in the trades because some students felt they had to go to college. The tide has now turned, and one of the big beneficiaries is welding, which has become extremely popular. Dave Sess looks at the TCTC program. 17 27 It takes an enormous amount of heat to weld. the type you see most often is when a stick is used, which is throwing off an arc, an electrically generated source of heat. TCTC has the tools to train the next group of welders. 40:26 :09 Bob Olesky some of them actually see the job placement I think most of them just like working with their hands and get excited about what they can create. 18:16 :08 Bob Bonish WE WANT THEM TO ENVISION, WE WANT TO EMPOWER THEM AND WE WANT THEM TO EXPLORE. AND THAT’S ALL OF WHICH THEY GET TO DO HERE. Welders help design, engineer, build and troubleshoot complex manufacturing solutions. They’re taught how to interpret blueprints and specifications using math and critical thinking. People used to think of welders as building bridges and buildings, before the gas and oil explosion. But there’s plenty of routes to success in the field. 17:40 :13 Bob Bonish WE HAVE HAD STUDENTS GRADUATE AND GO INTO THE NAVY. NOT TOO LONG AGO BECAME AN UNDERWELDER AND IS MAKING 6 FIGURES. AND THEY COME BACK HERE AND IMPRESS THE HECK OUT OF OUR KIDS. The Lordstown Energy Center is a perfect example right now….where welders are in demand. But the more common applications will always be around…..meaning there’s ample opportunity with the right training. 40:09 :08 Bob Olesky as welders move thru the ranks, there’s always openings for the new entry level beginning welders. So it’s just a continuous cycle that feeds the area. With JobsNow….Dave Sess WKBN 27 First News.