Welding students are either surrounded by flying sparks and burning torches or in the classroom studying the welding process.
“Welding is the joining of two materials at the molten stage,” former Red Mountain student Josh Martin said. “To replicate the chemical composition of both pieces in order to build all sorts of things such as; vehicle chassis’s, tables, grills and other projects.”
It has many unique aspects that some students may not understand. The skill of welding can be applied in many real-world applications such as: Welding in the automotive industry, in the architecture industry and smaller things as simple as fence repairs and household repairs.
Welding teaches students how to use power tools and machines, such as drills, saws and welders. Students would have the knowledge to make simple metal repairs on grills, some tools, gates and fences. If a students works their way up through all the levels of welding they will be certified welders which opens up job opportunities.
“I would definitely recommend someone take all four years of welding,” sophomore Garrett Barnes said. “After your second year if you pass the state assessment a sticker will be added to your diploma stating that you are CTE certified which will give anybody looking for a career in the technical arts an advantage when looking for a job.”
With job opportunities there is potential to earn money after high school. If a student works their way through all four levels of welding and gets their certifications they are almost guaranteed a job in that field. A beginner Welder annual salary ranges from $35,000 to $45,000 and a Master Welder annual salary can exceed $100,000.
“I want to be a welder after I get out of school,” senior Jordan Cantowine said. “As a beginning welder I could make anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour.”
Some students choose to take welding for the experience. Along with learning how to design and build things out of metal, students learn to work in teams, develop leadership and communication skill through group projects.
“I have gained a multitude of skills in welding,” Barnes said. “That being how to weld, how to cut using varying methods and how to operate a robotic plasma cam.”
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(Featured Photo By Philip Hicks)