Welding & Fabrication

Manufacturing & Trades

Do you love to build things with your hands?

Look at WELDING AND FABRICATION.

What is it?

Welding is the process of joining or melting two or more pieces of metal, plastic, or glass together as part of the manufacturing process of building a larger structure, product, or machine. There are many different methods to welding, from using heat, to gas, to pressure, and can take place indoors in a manufacturing environment, or outdoors at a job site on land, sea, or even space.

Fabrication is the process of creating an entire product made out of metal, plastic, or glass, from the design, to layout, to the finished product.

What will I do?

  • Welders use various tools and machines to join materials together, like a blow-torch

  • Operate machinery that automates the welding process

  • Study and execute designs and blue-prints, calculating the exact specifications and dimensions of what and how materials need to be welded together

  • Inspecting projects to make sure they are following exact instructions

  • Clean and smooth out newly joined pieces

  • Monitor and maintain equipment to prevent overheating or malfunction

 

Leads to these jobs:

  • Code pipe, plate, or structural welder
  • Construction or maintenance welder
  • Mass production welder tacker
  • Robot welder technician
  • Welder inspector/tester
  • Welder assembler
  • Welder assistant or apprentice
  • Welding engineer
  • Welding production manager

Is this for me?

Are you tough enough? Welding is challenging work, involving operation of heavy machinery and tools.

 

  • Long days, typically 8-10 hours

  • Excel in math and science

  • Appreciate attention to detail and value perfection

Welder

Employment Stats in Lake County

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Hourly Earnings

  • Entry Level – $12.09
  • Average – $18.49
  • Experienced – $26.85

Source – Emsi, 2018

Interested in pursuing a career in Welding & Fabrication?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Welding & Fabrication program. You can also register for the Welding & Fabrication programs offered by the Tech Campus.

Learn more at: www.techcampus.org/welding

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Lake County Workforce Development has programs that may assist you with tuition or financial assistance.

Learn more here.

Or visit the
Job Center of Lake County’s website.

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Welding & Fabrication and other information technology programs offered by the College of Lake County.

Learn more at: www.clcillinois.edu

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