Academics

Welding Program

In Piedmont Tech’s welding program, you’ll learn to weld in the four main positions on both structured steel and pipe.

Hands-on shop work will give you practical experience in repair work on cast iron, silver brazing, soldering, stainless steel and aluminum. Practical experience in welding processes, together with a good foundation in blueprint reading and sketching and the weld ability and properties of metals, mean that you’ll be fully prepared to get started on the job after graduation.

Welding plays a critical role in the strength and durability of everything from cars to heavy industrial machinery to bridges. 

Because of high demand, good earning potential and a shortage of workers, welding is an excellent choice for those with an interest in a hands-on career. You can also get started early through our dual enrollment agreements in some high schools. Check with your guidance counselor for more details.

Career Tracks:

  • Salary average: $38,333 for recent graduates
  • Salary range: $30,000-54,000/year
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Entry Level Positions:

  • Fabricator / Welder
  • TIG/MIG Welder
  • Possible Self-Employment
  • More...

Graduates in this field may be required to work from blueprints, join metal pieces together or cut/trim metal pieces to desired shapes and sizes by applying intense heat, electric-arc welders select suitable electrodes, adjust electric current controls, start the arc by touching the metals to the electrode, withdraw the electrode and move it along the areas to be joined and gas welders select welding rod and torch tip, adjust the valves that control the flow of gas into the torch and size of the flame, and move the flame along the area to be joined.

*Earnings data for our region from EMSI Analyst

 

Employment Information

Graduates of Piedmont Technical College's Welding Program are working all over the region and throughout South Carolina. Recent grads have found work with:

Featured Profile

Katelyn Bradberry, Student

Katelyn Bradberry isn’t your typical teenage girl. The junior plays lacrosse for Clinton High School. She is a member of the FFA. She is interested in a career in either agriculture or forensic science.

And she is enrolled in the dual enrollment welding program offered by Piedmont Technical College.

“I told some of the guys last year that I wanted to take the welding class and they said ‘That’s not for girls, girls don’t take that,’” Bradberry said. “I said ‘Watch me’ and here I am.”

 

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Katelyn Bradberry

Dual Enrollment Welding