Each April the nation celebrates National Welding Month, an observance of the growing hands-on trade that sparks a number of interesting events and competitions each year.
“It’s the time of year to think about all the ways welding holds the world together, from the smallest welds that keep your household goods in one piece to the major welds that go into our cars, buses, tankers and bridges,” says the American Welding Society (AWS). “Welding is literally the glue of the modern world. Now it’s time to let the welders in your life know you appreciate them.”
If you’re thinking the AWS is perhaps a bit biased about the importance of welding in our world, consider that in 2013 Scientific American ranked welding technology as the 10th greatest invention ever. And the U.S. Department of Commerce recently named welding the third-largest manufacturing segment in terms of the number of people it employs.
National Welding Month Spotlights Student Training
Some of the schools’ welding claims to fame include:
- Lincoln Tech is an official Educational Institution Member of AWS, a mark of excellence given to hands-on training programs nationwide that aptly prepare students for AWS certification.
- Training at the Grand Prairie campus now includes additional Pipefitting courses that help graduates broaden their career possibilities.
- This year marks the first time Welding with Metal Fabrication Technology training is available at Lincoln Tech in Nashville – helping to build the workforce of trained, skilled welders across the Southeast.
- Last year welding students from Lincoln Tech’s Denver campus took first place in a citywide competition that challenged teams to create welded artwork for the streets of Aurora, CO. Created over the course of three months, their sculpture “Old Flame” incorporated used engine blocks, gears, sheet metal, connecting rods, generators, headers, cams and other scrap metal items artfully joined using MIG, TIG and stick welding equipment.
- In 2015, students from the Denver campus entered their carefully crafted metal sculptures for an in-house contest known as the Steel Picasso Welding Competition. The three-foot-or-less entries were made entirely of scrap metal; winners, including a people’s choice winner, took home prizes donated by Victor, ESAB and Pro Welding Gear.
Nationwide, the demand for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is projected to increase by almost 13,000 positions per year between 2014 and 2024*, making this a great time to enter the field. As National Welding Month 2017 comes to a close, open up new career possibilities and explore hands-on training at a Lincoln Tech campus near you!
* Source: careeronestop.org, for the years 2014-2024.