New Welding One-Year Certificate Now Being Offered at WSCC

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New State-of-the-Art Welding Lab

Classes Begin Fall Semester

20140603 welding2Your welding starts right here at WSCC! "The demand for qualified welders is higher than ever, largely due to the shale industry moving into the area," Kent Hall, WSCC Professor, Industrial Technology said. Local industries like Pioneer Pipe, Hi-Vac (Alliance), Solvay, Therma-Fisher, and Skuttle Manufacturing to name a few, will be looking for those who are able to fill welding positions. Other local industries that supply equipment and services to oil companies are also looking for welders. In response to the industry's need, Washington State Community College (WSCC) has built a new state-of-the-art welding lab and developed a new welding program; the curriculum is based on the input of these companies. The one-year welding certificate includes stick (shielded metal arc welding), MIG (gas metal arc welding; metal, inert gas), TIG (gas tungsten arc welding; tungsten, inert gas), plate and pipe welding, as well as set-up techniques. Safety and hands-on experience are priorities throughout the new WSCC welding program.

The new state-of-the-art welding lab at Washington State Community College compliments the new welding certificate program. Certification based on AWS- American Welding Society will be available to students as well. The new state-of-the-art lab and equipment makes the welding program at WSCC stand out from others in the area.

Josh Horner, who began at WSCC back in February as the Welding Program Coordinator, is the welding instructor. Josh has been a member of Boilermakers 667 since 2000 and is ASME certified. Josh is a graduate of the WVUP welding program and has numerous years of experience working in fabrication shops in the area. "I am excited about the new welding program here at Washington State Community College because of our new state-of-the-art lab and equipment, and the fact that we are offering extra lab hours, hands-on experience, and evening as well as daytime classes," Josh said.

A one-year certification in welding from WSCC can be used to gain employment in fabrications, power plants, chemical plants, pipeline and drilling, and on the riverboats. Day and evening classes at Washington State Community College begin August 18th. To register or obtain more information, contact Josh Horner at 740.374.8716 or email

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