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Southwestern's Welding program stacks credentials that help you earn more as you complete. The program culminates in an Associate's Degree. All credentials are certified with the American Welding Society.
Welding employment opportunities are very different from other professions. Evolving from the oldest educational system known to civilization, Welding professions follow not only formal education requirements, but work-based experience like that of apprentices, journeymen, and masters.
Employers view AWS certifications as essential job skills, particularly when an applicant has no prior experience with that employer. To the untrained observer, Welding careers look like a person need only finish high school to get good paying jobs. In reality, if you want to work in this area, you need industry-recognized credentials. Southwestern's welding programs are designed to teach, practice, then prepare someone for the certification for these credentials.
These occupations are most closely associated with our Welding program:
|Minimum Education||Competitive Education||Occuption (click to see Oregon profile!)||National Average||Pathway Level|
|HS/GED||Associate**||Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters||$75,000||AAS|
|HS/GED||Associate**||Sheet Metal Workers||$51,000||AAS|
|HS/GED||Associate**||Structural Iron and Steel Workers||$65,000||AAS|
|HS/GED||Credential**||Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters||$37,500||47 credits|
|HS/GED||Credential**||Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders||$55,000||47+12cr|
|HS/GED||Credential**||Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||$43,000||47 credits|
|HS/GED||Credential**||Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders||$38,000||24 credits|
But take careful note: each of these occupations has a wide range of wages depending upon your education and experience. Here's our instructors take on this breakdown of:
- Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
- Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders
- Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
- Structural Iron and Steel Workers
- Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
|Oregon Wage Reporting|
|Typical Job Title||Education||Low Hourly||High Hourly||Avg Hourly||Avg Annual|
|Steamfitter, Two-year Apprentice (3)||AAS||$17.83||$31.06||$24.38||$36,000|
|Steamfitter or Pipefitter, Journeyman (3)||AAS||$20.59||$51.69||$36.24||$54,000|
|Pipefitter Welder, Apprentice (3)||AAS||$20.59||$51.69||$36.24||$54,000|
|Pipefitter, Journeyman (3)||AAS||$20.59||$51.69||$36.24||$54,000|
|Structural Iron and Steel Workers (4)||AAS||$19.24||$45.84||$31.43||$47,000|
|Helper, Welders/Pipefitters (1)||47 credits||$12.36||$24.84||$18.04||$27,000|
|Machinist Lathe and Tool Setter, Apprentice (2)||47 + 12 cr certs||$15.05||$32.46||$23.36||$35,000|
|Welder, Entry-level (5)||47 credits||$15.28||$28.40||$21.09||$31,000|
|Welder, Ship and Marine (5)||47 credits||$15.28||$28.40||$21.09||$31,000|
As you consider occupations in this area, note that Southwestern programs can get you started in additional occupations. These careers have at least a 30% skill overlap with our target occupations from the above list. Work with your advisor and potential employer for picking out the best educational path.