RCCC to host welding open house

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 7, 2016

SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College invites anyone interested in welding to the Welding Experience at the college’s North Campus in Salisbury, an interactive open house specifically for those considering this field.

On Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m.-noon, the college will welcome the community to a hands-on crash course in virtual and live welding, as well as the lucrative and exciting career opportunities available in this field.

“This is not a drill – attendees will actually get to weld,” said Robert Simpson, program chair of welding technology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. “Welding probably isn’t what you think, and this interactive experience can help you determine if it’s a viable career option for you.”

Welding, an in-demand, well-paying field used across a variety of industries, is a great option for someone entering the workforce or considering a new career.

“Welding doesn’t have to be a nine-to-five job – it’s done everywhere from the depths of the ocean to outer space,” said Simpson. “Careers can include work underwater; on race cars, bridges and ships; on oil rigs and farm equipment and so much more. These careers also tend to be lucrative; an experienced traveling welder can easily earn upwards of six figures.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for welders is $37,420 per year and employment is expected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. The agency also notes that skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.

The welding technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metalworking industry through use of virtual and live welding.

Virtual reality welding equipment eliminates the cost of metal used in traditional welding classes. Additionally, the device scores each weld and gives immediate feedback to the student welder. Other students can watch welds projected on a screen while the instructor teaches welding technique and theory. Each student will practice virtual welding before moving to the live welding lab.

“We are eager to get more potential students on campus. Sometimes I think we’re the best kept secret in our region and I want to change that. We’re working to spread the word and this event is a great way to get to know one aspect of Rowan-Cabarrus,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

For more information about the Welding Experience open house and the welding technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, visit www.rccc.edu/weldingexp  or call 704-216-7222.