Blinn-Bryan's Fall 2019 welding courses begin Aug. 26

Program prepares students for employment with high-demand skills utilized across multiple industries

Program prepares students for employment with high-demand skills utilized across multiple industries

August 15, 2019

From manufacturing to construction, the Blinn College District’s Welding Program trains students in a unique skill that is highly sought after by employers throughout the Brazos Valley.

Fall 2019 classes begin Monday, Aug. 26, and feature a nationally recognized curriculum taught by industry-experienced instructors.

Blinn’s Welding Program has experienced rapid growth since its inception. Welding Program Manager Dickie Jones credits course demand to growing student interest in welding, diverse program instruction, the quality of Blinn’s welding instructors, and a need for these skills by area employers.

“Blinn’s Welding Program gives students the skills and expertise necessary to make them very employable in a wide range of fields.” Jones said. “From the aspiring career welder to the hobbyist, graduates of our program will be exposed to invaluable hands-on training by industry professionals that is highly transferrable and opens the door to numerous career opportunities.”

Administered by Blinn’s Division of Technical and Community Programs, the Welding Program offers competency-based training in welding technology for students pursuing college credit or participating in continuing education. College credit programs build upon each other and include a Certificate I, Certificate II, and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in welding technologies.

Blinn’s Welding Program is housed at the Highway 60 Training Center, located at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station. The facility features classroom and laboratory space, providing the student body with the most optimal training environment to hone skills for immediate employment. Each instructor possesses at least two decades of industry experience and students utilize more than 20 welding stations as well as a virtual welding simulator to maximize hands-on instruction.

“The Blinn Welding Program allows individuals to follow career paths in many industries, including maritime and ship building, automotive manufacturing, aerospace production, oil and gas, general industry fabrication, and structural welding,” said Jay Anderson, Dean of Technical and Community Education. “High wage and secure employment make welding a first educational choice for many individuals who prefer a hands-on learning environment.”

Students who successfully complete the 60-hour Welding Technology AAS degree can earn the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification, a nationally recognized certification that qualifies student for jobs across the nation. Program graduates are qualified for jobs as welders, welding fabricators, welding supervisors, pipe welders, welder fitters, maintenance welders, welding inspectors, welding instructors, welding engineers, and metallurgists.

According to Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, employment of welders is projected to grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024. Welders can expect to earn an hourly wage between $11.69 and $20.06 depending on their experience.

Blinn’s Technical and Community Programs courses, like the Welding Program, are designed to provide students the knowledge and ability they need to enter the workforce immediately after completion of the courses. Many of these courses do not require a high school diploma and enrollment is fast and easy. Business owners can enroll their employees in Blinn Technical and Community Programs courses using Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development and Skills for Small Business funds, and Blinn staff can help businesses complete the request form. Blinn also offers students access to scholarships through the Blinn College Foundation, private grants, and Workforce Solutions.

Blinn also offer Fall 2019 welding courses at the A.W. Hodde, Jr., Technical Education Center in Brenham and dual credit welding opportunities to 10 local high schools.

For more information regarding Blinn’s Welding Program, visit www.blinn.edu/welding. To register for these courses, visit the Blinn Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan or call 979-209-7205.

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Intro to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting

(Can be taken for credit or cont. ed.)

8/26 12/12 128 MW 8:00a-11:30a Hwy 60 Training Center $942

Intro to Gas Tungsten Welding
(TIG 1)

(Can be taken for credit or cont. ed.)

8/26 12/12 128 MW 6:00p-9:30p Hwy 60 Training Center $942
Internship 8/26 12/12 96 W 5:00-5:50 p Hwy 60 Training Center Credit

Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding

(Can be taken for credit or cont. ed.)

8/26 12/12 128 TTr 6:00p-9:30p Hwy 60 Training Center $942

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