Career Information

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If you want to work with your hands, then Welding is the place for you.  Skilled welders make and repair a wide range of products from automobiles and fences to ships and refineries.  They join beams for buildings and bridges while cutters trim metal objects into specific dimensions from blueprints and dismantle large objects.

The job market for welders and cutters continues to expand with about 1,600 new job openings forecast across the state annually.  Depending on the application, welders can make starting wages anywhere from $6-$25 per hour.  Refinery work or pipeline contractors can make close to $30-$35 per hour.