The future for welding careers looks bright. Certified, skilled welders continue to be in demand in the construction industry and in all petroleum-related and heavy equipment industries. Graduates of AVTEC’s Combination Welding Program hold good jobs in a wide variety of work settings. In short, Alaskan employers are always looking for highly trained welders, especially those who are willing to work under adverse conditions occasionally.
Certified pipe welders continue to be in demand in the petroleum industry. Pipes are used to transport commodities in Alaska, and they are also used to build structures. The different applications of pipe afford pipe welders the opportunity to apply their skills in a variety of work settings. With the Alaska Gas Pipeline on the horizon, trained welders will be in even greater demand.
The Combination Welding Program emphasizes steel welding; however, all students are expected to become proficient welders on nonferrous materials such as aluminum. The primary focus is on stick electrode welding. Students train on SMAW (stick electrode), GMAW and FCAW (wire feed processes), GTAW (TIG), plasma arc and air arc cutting, oxyacetylene welding, and cutting machines. Destructive tests are performed on groove welds in both the stick and wire feed processes. An introduction to non-destructive testing is an integral part of the program.
The AVTEC Welding shops are equipped with state of the art cutting and welding equipment, including computerized plasma cutting machines for plate and pipe.
National certifications are required to move through the complete combination program. They are available through an independent agency–Alaska Industrial X-Ray. This testing is an additional cost to the student and is performed in Anchorage. It is the student’s responsibility to make transportation arrangements to the testing site. Contact the instructor for exact costs.
To earn the AVTEC Combination Welding Program certificate, students must prepare for and earn the following industry certifications:
- Structural Certification to AWS Unlimited Thickness
- Pipe Certification to ASME section IX, 6G Pipe
Physical requirements of the occupation are the ability to lift 100 pounds, carry 50 pounds, stoop, kneel, crawl, walk, and stand continuously. The student must have the ability to manipulate various types of welding equipment and welding processes, which require the ability to manipulate welding fixtures, place material in fixtures above the head, and weld in various positions for extended periods. Welding requires good hand-eye coordination and eyesight corrected to 20/20 with excellent depth perception. We strongly recommend an eye examination prior to enrollment so that corrective lenses or glasses may be obtained prior to the start of class.
Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019
Program Name: Combination Welding
This program is designed to be completed in 36 weeks.
This program will cost $9,479 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 2577 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alaska
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