The Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Industrial Welding Program is designed to prepare the graduate for employment as a welder, welding supervisor or manager. It includes courses which prepare students to take certification exams offered by the American Welding Society. Technical courses may be taken at Lakeland Community College or by successfully completing the Lincoln Electric 15 week Comprehensive Welding Program and Lakeland's WELD 1020. The remainder of the course credits may be obtained through online courses and credit by certification.
There is a robust job market for those successfully completing the Welding Certificates or Degree program both within the region and notionally especially considering the current average age of the workforce and those expected to retire. Local employers include: Air Technical, Babcock and Wilcox, Buyers Products, Component Repair Technologies, Lincoln Electric and Steris Corp.
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Equipment needed for the required technical courses includes a welding jacket, helmet, gloves, safety goggles and leather boots - preferably steel toed.