Combination Welding: Career Diploma Coursework

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Do you enjoy creating things and working with metal? A combination welding diploma can allow you to earn a living doing something you love. Typical coursework includes blueprint reading, oxy fuel welding and gas welding. Read on to find out more about this diploma program.
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What is a Combination Welding Diploma?

Welding is the process which joins two pieces of metal together through the application of heat which permanently fuses the two pieces together. There are different kinds of welding, and a diploma program will teach you to be proficient in all of the most popular and employable kinds of welding.

Skills You Will Learn

In a combination welding diploma program, you will learn how to effectively practice welding techniques for specific purposes, such as vehicular repair and production. In addition, you will learn proper safety techniques, which are very important to welding. Welders also must be able to read blueprints and practice basic management and communication skills.

Courses

The average combination welding diploma program will contain the following courses:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Oxy Fuel Welding
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Gas Welding
  • Communication Skills

Why Get a Combination Welding Diploma?

Upon completion of a welding diploma program, you will have proof that you can show to employers that you have the proper training and skills to become a professional welder. You will also be prepared to take a welding certification exam, which will make you more desirable to employers.

What Can I Do with a Combination Welding Diploma?

Those who get a welding diploma go on to find jobs as welders working for manufacturing firms in the fields of metal product manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, and construction.

Job Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that openings for welders will be easy to come by in the near future, as employers have a difficult time finding qualified welders. The median hourly income for welders was around $15 in 2004.

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