Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
|Description||2013 Jobs||2016 Jobs
|Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters||22,323||24,169||$18.34||$12.08||$29.24|
|Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||1,671||1,800||$16.75||$11.72||$23.39|
*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included.
Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.
Programs of Study
- Associate of Applied Science, Welding Technology – WE2
- Certificate of Completion, Welding Technology – WE1
- Certificate of Completion, Welding Inspection Technology – WI1
Post-secondary vocational training: Occupations at this level generally require completion of vocational school training. Some programs last only a few weeks while others may last more than a year. In some occupations, a license is needed that requires passing an examination after completion of the training. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)