Welding is an art, a trade and a skill used by other trades. More than 75 occupational titles are listed by the U.S. Department of Labor that entail some form of welding-related activities. The 1990 census shows that approximately 4.6 percent of all welders in the United States are employed in Illinois, which ranks sixth among all states.
In DuPage County, welding ranks high on the list of the 30 fastest-growing occupations. These figures do not include more than one million people nationally who currently use welding as part of their occupation, including mechanics, machinists, plumbers and maintenance workers. Add to that the hobbyist, sculptor and other artisans, and you have a sizable number of people needing and/or desiring to learn the art of welding.
At College of DuPage, the Welding program is designed for people interested in learning welding or upgrading their skills in the various processes. Novices and advanced-level students can benefit from the program offered. This program offers a variety of skill levels in oxyacetylene, arc, MIG, TIG, and plasma welding/cutting processes, using both manual and semi-automatic applications. A course in welding theory and blueprint reading is also available.
The program offers instruction during day, evening and Saturday classes.
From a historical point of view, welding is still growing. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that job prospects are excellent through 2014, as employers are having difficulty finding qualified workers.
Major Employment Areas
- Arc Welder
- TIG Welder
- MIG Welder
- Metal Fabricator
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View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.
Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:
David Ellis, Program Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1062, (630) 942-2527
Peter Deeman, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548
Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419
Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 2026, (630) 942-2592
“I would like to advance and move into the maintenance department. But in order for me to do that, I need schooling. COD is my local college and a great facility with the programs I was looking for. It’s a great program that you could get done if going full-time rather quickly. And it will lead to a profitable career.”Read Spotlight
“COD has a plethora of resources and has always impressed me as an academic institution. But I was blown away when I began discovering everything that the Technical Education Center had to offer. The teachers, labs, tools and technology have all been beneficial to my success.”Read Spotlight
“The Welding program has the certification I need to get into the business. It is also well-known and connected to numerous companies and unions that come by to recruit and speak to the students about career options. The skills you develop can even apply to your personal life."Read Spotlight
“I like learning. I like knowing more today than yesterday, and I hope my students feel the same way. They are dedicating themselves to learning the processes involved in welding and then beyond that so they know the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows.’ I want to see them receive their certificates and make a fair living. Perhaps they can even push beyond the certificate if that’s what they want to pursue, because Welding is one of the few trades where you can get a Ph.D. I believe there’s a job for everybody, and I want my students to see all of the possibilities, especially female students. Welding is a fantastic career for women.”Read Spotlight
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