“Welding is not held in high regard,” says Duncan Estep, director of the National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), a public-private partnership based at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Ohio. People think welding is dirty and dangerous.
Weld-Ed stresses that modern welding is a high-tech field. LCCC offers a two-year degree for welding technicians, who serve as the liaison between engineers and welders.
The average welder today is 56 years old. Some 239,000 new and replacement jobs in welding will be created within the next eight years, Weld-Ed estimates.
The group is promoting welding as a noble, stable and high-paying occupation.