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In Demand: Tech-Savvy Welders

March 8th, 2018

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that welders can expect to see a steady 6% growth in the industry through 2026, and coupled with the fact that roughly 2.7 million baby boomers will retire from manufacturing, it is hard to imagine a shortage of jobs in this sector. But, the reality is that many manufacturers will be forced to turn to automation as the skills gap creates a shortage in capable workers to fill these vacancies. Loenbro’s welding program will not only equip you with the hands-on instruction needed to compete in such a fast-paced economy, but will do so in as little as 6 to 12 weeks.

Wanted: Ready-Now Welders

The skills welders are expected to have today are very different than those of the previous generations, as employers focus on recruiting more ready-now welders—those with advanced technical understanding needed to operate new technologies and use new welding techniques. This means that rather than needing 12 years of experience to land an entry-level welding job, employers want to see that you are tech-savvy with a solid education. You will need to master the fundamentals to eventually tackle the more advanced methods of materials joining that modern manufacturing calls for. Loenbro Technical Institute (LTI) provides courses that take you from beginner to certified welder with hours of hands-on training under your belt. Though LTI does not require any previous diploma or certification, basic math skills are needed, so completion of a high school diploma or GED is recommended.

How LTI Trains You for the Job

Students will be able to learn many different types of pipe welding techniques, arc welding, oxygen fuel cutting, plasma cutting and more to build a solid educational foundation leading to certifications in both wire feed and stick welding. As trends in manufacturing necessitate more welding of nontraditional materials, welders with the know-how to help employers adopt technology to address new challenges will be in high demand.

The introduction of new welding techniques that allow for better bonding of dissimilar materials will also make welders with a deep understanding of these processes much more competitive in the workforce. LTI’s welding program provides the groundwork upon which these advanced skills can be built; with our Company Partnership Program, students can expect to either be prepared for a new career right away or engage in an 80-hour internship opportunity where they can advance their skills even further.

Most of the learning at Loenbro Technical Institute is hands-on. With a few exceptions, you can anticipate lectures taking place at the same time as your labs during shop time. Employers want to see that employees both have technical knowledge and are adept at using manufacturing industry-standard equipment and techniques. LTI’s virtual welders allow you to practice your newly acquired skills in a safe, virtual environment where instructors will be able to pinpoint successful welding procedures, and areas that you may need to work on. You can use VR technology to simulate everything from the voltage you use to the arc position in the welding joint, which allows you to spend more time welding and less time setting up whenever you are ready to practice. This VR training will help prepare you to take any employer’s skill test.

If you think you are ready to take the next step in your career, and can handle a fast-paced learning environment with plenty of one-on-one instruction, LTI’s 12-week welding program provides certification for the following, but not limited to:

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G) (AWS D1.1)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G) (AWS D1.1)
  • Pipe Welding
  • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
  • FCAW (Flux-core Arc Welding)

By 2024, the welding industry is expected to see a shortage of around 400,000 workers.   With a strong educational background and plenty of hands-on training as an LTI student, you will be prepared to fill this shortage and tackle a great career. Our country’s infrastructure was built by generations past, but now the welders of the baby boomer era are hitting retirement age, and adding to this shortage of skilled workers. This means not only are skilled workers in high demand, they are a necessary component of our country’s continued success as an industrialized leader.

LTI’s welding program takes just a few weeks to complete, and you will be prepared to start a successful career in the ever-expanding manufacturing sector.


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