WyoTech Launches Applied Welding Technology Program
The leading automotive, diesel, and collision trades school creates an all-new welding and fabrication training program designed to provide hands-on experience and skills to meet the industry’s need for skilled welding technicians.
LARAMIE, Wyo., December 5, 2023 (Newswire.com) - Responding to the needs of the oil and gas, structural, manufacturing, and fabrication sectors, WyoTech is launching an all-new, customized Applied Welding Technology Program. This program was developed by WyoTech and renowned industry professionals and tailored to meet the needs of both the trades and students.
WyoTech is a leading automotive trade school, founded in 1966 and retooled in 2018, which has spurred a 9,000% increase in enrollment over the last five years.
WyoTech’s new six-month welding and fabrication program provides the opportunity for students to attain multiple welding qualifications based on the American Welding Society’s (AWS) standards. Along with the learned welding skills, students will also be taught blueprint reading and learn the intricacies of project fabrication through invaluable hands-on experience. Students will spend 70% of their time in the shop earning their welding and fabrication skills.
This newly developed welding program will teach skills in all major welding processes in all positions on steel plate and pipe, along with aluminum and stainless. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) are welding processes students will gain a solid understanding and skill in performing. The program’s curriculum was developed by leading welding professionals who work in the manufacturing and training industry and have helped train and develop welding professionals across the globe.
"WyoTech prides itself in not offering a cookie-cutter curriculum, and the welding program is no different. WyoTech hand-picked the world's top welding talent to support the development of our curriculum," said Shawn Nunley, Vice President of Training at WyoTech.
"WyoTech's program stands out in its design for project-based welding," Nunley continued. "Students will begin with the basic welding principles on coupons and steel plate then will progress to more advanced welding techniques including overhead and pipe welding. Students will put their skills to the test by building a real and practical project, which is unique to this program WyoTech offers."
WyoTech designed the Applied Welding Technology Program to match the schedule of many real-world operations. Welding technicians typically work in shifts rather than a standard, 9-to-5 schedule. Therefore, WyoTech will run two shifts of the program - one class during the day and a second at night. This model follows the model of working in the field, preparing students for when they may be expected to work days or nights.
Upon completing the program, graduates will have attained the skills needed to succeed in structural, pipeline, heavy equipment, and industrial welding, all areas projected to be in demand for welding technicians.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an average of about 45,000 job openings annually for welders through 2032. The American Welding Society reports that the industry has a shortage of about 300,000 welders, which is expected to grow because of an unexpected wave of retirements, as the average age of a welder today is about 55.
"WyoTech is pleased that we are able to a stand in supporting the welding industry in America and once again innovate to meet the demands of the American economy for skilled workers," Nunley said.
To learn more about WyoTech, its leading programs for automotive and diesel trades, and its new Applied Welding Technology Program, visit wyotech.edu.
WyoTech, formerly known as Wyoming Technical Institute, is a for-profit technical college founded in Laramie, Wyoming in 1966. WyoTech provides training programs that prepare students for careers as technicians in the automotive, collision and refinishing, and diesel industry with nine-month training programs that focus on hands-on experience and has recently established a top-tier, six-month welding and fabrication program.