National Welding Month with South Seattle College

National Welding Month with South Seattle College


If it wasn’t for welders, we would be
living in the Stone Age literally. The buildings, ya know, the
infrastructure of the world we live in is all here because of the welded
technology. When the industry tells us what their needs are and we’re training
people to do this then we’re giving the industry what they need. what we generally do is we teach an oxy
fuel welding, then we teach both types of stick welding. There’s two types of rods, the same process, but
different rods that we use. and then we go into a wire feed and then
we do the TIG welding and one of the things that we have found is we kind of
let the people where they find what they like best and what they work best on is
using the direction we go in. That maybe Aerospace, may be working down the
shipyard, may be working in structural stuff, maybe construction in the field. The environment here is great, everyone has all the time that they need to
practice on improving their skills we’re not only learning how to weld, just a
practical part, we start understanding electricity, polarity, and magnetism, and all
this information that you never thought about. So as far as our graduates go,
they’re going into a lot of different industries.
I can’t say that there’s any one industry that they go into because we
have students that go in Aerospace and they’re welding stuff that’s like almost
microscopic. We have connections with all of the industry and all of those areas. So we put them there, and then we have a lot of entry-level jobs even where guys will start out kinda sweeping the floor and then work into a field. I like it when the light comes on. Of course every teacher says that. You know, when it clicks for people. But what really
really motivates me is when students come back and say “hey I got
this job I’m making this much thank you so much for helping me get to where I am at.” I didn’t realize that I was
gonna get so into working with metal, it’s so cool. I really like welding!

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