Welders wanted across Tri-States


A local community college is offering the public a chance to learn more about its welding program.

Experts say welding is one of the most in demand jobs in the U.S. and in the Tri-States.

A welding expert at John Wood Community College tells KHQA 200,000 welders will be needed by the year 2020.

And that means a lot of new jobs; at least for those who are trained for the work.

John Wood Community College student Dakota Shadle is training to become a welder.

Shadle says the program teaches students to build with metal and how to do it safely.

Ron Kraft is Shadle's instructor.

"Anything that's manufacturable needs to be welded," Kraft said.

"Airplanes, trains, everything," Shadle said.

Shadle says there's more to the job than people think.

It may look easy, but that's not the case.

"A lot more thought goes into it of like angles and what your welder is set on," Shadle explained.

And there's a nationwide need for welders.

"We need a lot of welders. I would say--guessing 200 welders in this area right now," Kraft said.

Kraft says welding isn't only for men, but women as well.

"It's a great opportunity for them also," Kraft said.

"I love it. It's a great program and more people should look into it," Shadle said.

If you're interested in John Wood's welding program there is an info session on Nov. 8th.

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 at the JWCC Workforce Development Center.

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