NWTC unveils program to get women interested in welding

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Northeast Wisconsin women are invited to spend a day at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College this month to learn about welding-related careers.

The one-day “Welding Boot Camp for Women” will introduce participants to the knowledge and skills used by weld technicians. Discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities will be combined to help participants understand related careers and industries.

The March 24 workshop is designed to address the very strong need for welders in Northeast Wisconsin. Welding is a high-demand career known for good pay, stability and benefits. In 2011, employers posted twice as many welding job openings as NWTC had graduates to fill them. New graduates earned an average starting salary of $34,161.

The introductory course includes basic information about:

Welding processes including SMAW- Shielded Metal Arc Welding, GMAW- Gas Metal Arc Welding, and GTAW- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Cutting processes including Oxy Fuel Cutting (Oxygen and Acetylene) and Plasma Cutting

Welding-related education and the job market

All women are welcome to participate. Women who are unemployed or underemployed, and those who might enjoy problem-solving and working independently are especially encouraged to attend.

The free event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Betsy Baier, (920) 498-6996 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 6996, or e-mail [email protected].