Begin your path to a career in welding with our General Welding Occupational Endorsement from the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus. You will gain materials preparation skills, a variety of welding techniques, and the ability to assess your quality of work. This training program introduces oxyfuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, and gas metal arc welding. The classes also provide you with the opportunity to develop advanced techniques for becoming a welding technician.
Skilled, certified welders can find work on construction sites, in petroleum-related industries and in many jobs where heavy equipment is being used. Their services are needed for shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, bridges, pipelines, power plants and refineries.
Potential positions for welding technicians include:
- Welder and solderer
- Iron worker
- Welding fitter
- Sheet metal worker
Annual salaries range from $40,570 to $62,330, with substantial increases available, dependent on location and level of skill or experience.
This program requires 18 credit hours of course work:
Entry into this occupational endorsement program does not require the completion of a high school diploma or GED.
For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the UAS academic catalog.
All welding courses are held in a state-of-the art welding lab on the UAS Sitka Campus.
Instructors combine classroom lecture and study materials with plenty of hands on opportunities for building your skills and experience in a variety of welding techniques.