Porter and Chester Institute (PCI) recently launched an all-new welding program at the Bridgeport, Connecticut campus. Graduates of the program can earn a diploma in just 10 months and receive training in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW).
While in the program, students take various courses. Some of these may include:
- Base Metal Prep and Weld Quality
- Plasma Arc, Air Carbon Arc, SMAW Equipment
- Beads and Fillet Welds
- Open Root Groove Welds
- Properties of Metals, Pre/Post Heating
- Low Alloy and Stainless Steel Pipe
- GTAW Carbon Steel Pipe
- GTAW Equipment and GTAW Plate
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs openings in the fields of welders, cutter, solderers, and brazers is on the incline. Roughly 49,200 jobs in these fields are expected to open up nationwide as a result of worker replacement for individuals who may retire or switch careers1. The employment is expected to increase by 8% nationally from 2020-2030, which coincides with the national average across all occupations2.
The salary for welders may vary based on factors such as prior experience, additional schooling, time working in the field, etc. With that being said, the rough average annual salary for welders in Connecticut, as a state, is $49,400, with certain areas in the state showing different salary ranges3. Average annual salary includes workers with all levels of education and experience and does not represent entry level salary.
If you're interested in getting involved in the welding program, go to the online application portal to apply. If you're looking for more information, such as tuition cost, scheduling, etc., visit the program description page to learn more.