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Welding Schools in Cleveland, Ohio

If you live in the Cleveland area, you know the prospect for a great paying job is limited unless you are willing to commit at least four years and tens of thousands of dollars for a degree. Welding is the exception. There is a nice selection of schools around Cleveland that can prepare you for a Welding career. Here are a few:

    Ohio Technical School
    Lincoln Electric Welding School
    Cuyahoga Community College
    Polaris Career Center
    Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
    Max S. Hayes Vocational High School

Cleveland is fortunate to be home to Lincoln Electric who has partnered with many of the schools listed above and offer their own. Lincoln Electric provides access to state of the art welding equipment and lab facilities.

zcity-cleveland-8Requirements & Eligibility

Individual schools will have their own requirements, but as a rule the minimum requirement is to have completed the 10th grade of high school. It is preferable to have graduated high school or hold a GED. It is best to contact your school of choice to see what their specific requirements are.

List of Welding Programs in Cleveland, OH

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Application Process & Costs

The application process is very simple. Each school will have their own application and application costs. Most also offer the ability to enroll online. It is recommended that you visit the facility before you apply. Talk to the Admissions Officer about your desires. Take a tour of the welding lab area. Each school has its own strengths so see which meshes with your personal requirements.

Costs can vary greatly, as some facilities are trade schools offering a certificate of completion while others are colleges awarding an Associate’s degree in Welding Engineering or Industrial Welding.

Online Programs

If the ability to complete courses on-line is a priority for you, check to make sure they are offered. The number of possible on-line courses will be limited, due to the hands-on nature of welding. But subjects such as blue-print reading, lab safety and mathematics are commonly presented as on-line options.

Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal

When your training is complete, you must become certified. This means completing a test where you have produced welds meeting pre-determined standards. There are very many different certifications available, and you do not need to test in every area.

Tests run in the $200 range. Once you pass, you can elect to be listed on the ASWs Certified Welder Registry (for an addition small fee).

When you are employed (or prior to getting the job), you should take the certification test that relates to that type of welding. Be sure to take it through an accredited testing facility. Once certified, every six months you will have to submit proof of continued welding work to remain certified. If you are self-employed, providing proof of continued work is a little more cumbersome so be sure to check with the American Society of Welders first.

Salary & Job Prospects

Salary expectations for a welder in the Cleveland area are comparable to the National average. According to Indeed.com in 2010 a welder was earning $36,000. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median wage for a welder right out of school was $36,300. After your training, welding jobs are found in many areas. Pipefitting, Building Construction, Aeronautics, and many types of manufacturing all require welders. After a few years in the field and having obtained additional certifications, you can expect increases in your salary.

After gaining a few years experience, many choose to go into business for themselves. This offers flexibility and the ability to be your own boss. The options available once you get your training and certifications are limitless.

Welding Schools in Indianapolis, Indiana

Welding is a profession that is in extremely high demand. It has been around for years, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The income is strong from the very beginning, and it doesn’t take too much time to obtain training. Welding is a beautiful art form that can create masterpieces necessary for many products in this world. Welder training can be used anywhere in the world.

zcity-indianapolis-17Requirements and Eligibility

For welding, many prefer to attend technical schools. Many welding programs are two year programs and are less expensive. Lincoln College of Technology, Sutton-Garten, and Ivy Tech offer welding programs with on site equipment for training. Ivy Tech offers an accelerated certificate. Some credits can be earned by high school students prior to graduation as electives. Students can begin courses after their Sophomore year of high school. Eligibility is simple, as financial aid is available through every school.

Different programs have different costs. Completion of the education may incur a cost from $5,000.00 to $15,000.00, depending upon the location and certification. For instance, underwater welding may not be prevalent in every school, making it more difficult to obtain. It typically costs around $15,000.00 from a Commercial Diving Academy. A career as an underwater welder can yield a salary of up to $300,000.00! It is normal to make a salary of $25,000.00 with a few months of work. These welders may work on offshore oil drills, naval ships, cruise ships, or platform abandonment.

Indianapolis has a lower cost of living for a larger city, making it more affordable to obtain a welding degree. Many of the technical schools like Ivy Tech and Lincoln Technical Institute offer work study programs as well. State of the art equipment allows for great training.

List of Welding Programs in Indianapolis, IN

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Salary and Job Prospects

Welders typically start out at annual salaries near $30,000.00 in Indiana. However, welding certificates can increase by more than $5,000.00 a year on average. Those salaries increase each year with more experience. More populated states with a higher demand for labor also increase salaries. Further, certified welders can be self-employed. It is not out of the question to see a welder with a salary of more than $100,000.00 a year.

Welding started in the 19th century when blacksmiths wanted to melt iron with steel. Forge welding developed into arc welding. Mig and tig welding are both forms of arc welding used in many different industries. Electrodes are used in welding to join metals. The differences between the arc welding types are the types of gases used in the process. Mig was initially started to assist in the welding of aluminum. It is easier and faster. Tig welding uses a Tungsten electrode, making the process much more expensive and time-consuming. A good school will educate students on both of these main types of welding. Stick welding, underwater welding, and laser welding are other programs also offered commonly for certification.

Cost and Application Process

Indianapolis, IN has several welding schools that may offer an array of welding certificates upon successful completion. While there are several schools in Indiana, only a few offer welding. Ball State University and Vincennes University offer four year degrees. Ball State’s tuition is approximately $9,000.00 for in-state students and $24,000.00 for out of state students. Vincennes tuition is $5,000.00 in-state and $12,000.00 out of state. These schools do offer two year Associate’s Degrees. All schools have a website with application or prospective student sub-headings. Once a school is chosen, you can either follow instructions online for application, or call the associated number. The main office of each school will happily direct prospective students through the application process.

Online Schools

Some online schools are available for technical degrees, though welding is a “hands-on” process. A simple web search for online welding certifications to display a number of schools offering such programs. AIU Online, Welding School Guys, and American Welding Society are some of the schools offering online training.

Maintaining Certification

Any school chosen will walk the student through procedures necessary for the desired degrees or certifications. Online training or classroom training can be used for further education to maintain or add onto education. Further certification is almost always available.

Indianapolis is a growing city with a need for more certified welders. Schools are typically two year institutions with work study programs available to supplement the cost of living. The job demand with increasing salary ensures that a welding career could provide for a great future.