How Does The Future Look For Washington’s High School Welders
The High School sports teams get all the attention this time of year but the skilled trades competitors will get the jobs and good-paying jobs at that.
So let's talk...welding.
Builders Of The Future
Just like the District and Regional Basketball tournaments that are underway right now, the High School District Welding competition heats up the week as well.
Wednesday, February 23rd, will see more than 80 student welders from around the state gather at the Wapato High School Ag. Mechanics Shop to compete in a District Welding Competition. Never assume, so..what is welding?
Welding is a fabrication process whereby two or more parts are fused together by means of heat, pressure or both forming a join as the parts cool. Welding is usually used on metals and thermoplastics but can also be used on wood. The completed welded joint may be referred to as a weldment.
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Welding Has A solid Future
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 49,200 openings for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are projected each year, on average, over the decade that could change for the better for welders with babyboomers retiring and the Biden Infrastructure Bill generating projects that will require welders.
Meet The Need, Make The Money
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has reported that 60 percent of the manufacturers looking to hire are rejecting about half of all applicants because they lack welding skills and training. NAM also says that over 80 percent of U.S. manufacturers complain that they cannot find enough skilled welders to meet the demand.
In Washington State, the average base salary for a welder is $21.67 per hour but welders working for the Dept. of Energy can earn 52.60 per hour...that's more than 100-grand a year.
And while welding is a male-dominated profession, there is always a chance you could meet someone like the attractive Alex (Jennifer Beals) who welded and wowed in the movie" Flashdance". The song "Flashdance...What A Feeling" cleaned up at the best song in movie awards.
Good luck to the State's young welders, on Wednesday and into the future.