Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for Welders is expected to grow 6%* between 2014 and 2024.
- Entry level wages are about $14/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
1050 hours/approx. 11 months – full time
M – F 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Students will work in a specialized classroom and practical laboratory learning how to cut or join metal parts through the application of arc welding. Instruction includes: selection of proper torch tips and filler rods; adjustment of gas pressure and flame according to the size and characteristics of metal; selection of proper electrodes; adjustment of voltage and current for the type of metal; flame cutting, and use of equipment introducing a shield of inert gas (MIG-TIG), around the electric arc to prevent oxidation. Instruction also involves classroom and practical experiences to teach students to fabricate and weld pipe joints and perform fabrication in the specialized area of pipe welding. Related instruction in blueprint reading and layout is included as an integral part of the program. Safety instruction is provided throughout the program and safe practices and procedures are stressed in all lab situations.
Additional Skills Covered:
- SMAW – Shielded Metal ARC Welding (plate and pipe)
- GMAW – Gas Metal ARC Welding (plate and pipe)
- GTAW – Gas Tungsten ARC Welding (plate and pipe)
- OAC – Acetylene Cutting
- Math for Welders
- Blueprint Reading for Welders
- P.A.C. – Plasma ARC Cutting
- Employability Skills
- Welding Certification Classes Available
Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and / or Advanced Credit
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an Associate Degree by Broward College or the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.
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Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation
Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria
- See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
- Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.
Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor
- Receive test results
- Discuss technical or academic program placement
- Special needs
- Financial aid
- Registration procedures
Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment