There will always be a demand for welders in our workforce. It’s one of those jobs that cannot be shipped overseas, but the field requires technical training and experience to become an expert. Trained welders enjoy numerous benefits, though, including job security and the ability to change careers and geographic locations easily, due to the fact that welding affects just about every industry.
Filling the Skills Gap
The American Welding Society expects a shortage of 238,000 welders by 2019. The Community College Workforce Alliance is preparing to meet this shortage in the Richmond area by providing our workforce with training opportunities in our new, top-notch welding lab located in the Workforce Development and Conference Center. CCWA has outfitted the lab with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and advanced welding machines from Miller Welding Equipment for training in Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick).
Contract Training Programs
Area employers can utilize the college’s resources and our experienced instructors to create their own customized welding training programs that focus on their needs and resources. Interested in hearing more? Contact CCWA’s Manufacturing Coordinator, Wes Smith, to talk about how we can design a program for your company.