In 3 years complete up to 45 college credits, receive a certificate in welding from Washtenaw Community College, AWS industry credentials and paid internship between years 12 and 13. Enrollment into the manufacturing programs begins at either Howell High School or Pinckney High School in year 11 through county CTE consortium agreements. During year 12 spend part of your day at Washtenaw Community College and the rest of your school day in your home high school. In year 13 you are at Washtenaw Community College.
Arc Welders: Use electricity to melt the edges of two metal objects and then connect them.
Gas Welders: Use a blowtorch to melt the edges of pieces of metal to act as a sort of glue, grind down sharp edges after the metal cools and some use welding machines in factory settings.
- 45 college credits
- Industry credentials
- Paid internships
- National Median Wage: $18.94 hourly, $39,390 annual. Projected growth 2016-26: 4%
- Michigan Median Wage: $17.50 hourly, $36,410 annual. Projected growth 2016-26: 9%
Source: O*NET and the Bureau of Labor statistics
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