NWF State starts welding program

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 03:20 PM.

NICEVILLE — Northwest Florida State College's new welding technologies program provides graduates with the skills, knowledge and customized training necessary to become journey-level, professional welders.

The program includes six daytime courses that can be completed in three semesters at the Niceville campus. The first two — Welder Helper and Shielded Metal Arc Welder — start Aug. 19.

Completing the 2013-14 program costs about $2,800, plus supplies and books.

Graduates earn nationally recognized certifications, including Shielded Metal Arc Welder, Gas Metal Arc — or MIG — Welder, Flux Core Arc Welder, Gas Tungsten Arc — or TIG — Welder and Pipe Welder.

Employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Contact Scottie Smith or the welding program office, 729-5224 or 729-5221, for more details.

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