Owensboro Community & Technical College is launching a new accelerated, eight-week Welding Tech I training program beginning Jan. 11. It is designed for dislocated and underemployed workers as well as those looking for a new career.
Participants will gain valuable welding skills in oxy-fuel systems, gas metal arc welding fillet, and forklift operation that prepare them for jobs with high-wage employers in the region.
Classes run Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 11 and concluding March 11. The Welding Tech I class is a hands-on, competency-based option held in the Industry Innovation Center welding lab on OCTC’s main campus at 4800 New Hartford Road.
All tuition, fees, and supplies will be paid for qualified dislocated workers.
The Welding Tech I program is designed to help participants gain marketable skills and experience that will lead to higher-paying careers with greater job security.
“The demand for skilled welders — for manufacturing, automotive, construction, ship building, and countless other industry concerns — continues to grow at an unprecedented rate,” said Cindy Fiorella, VP of Workforce & Economic Development. “With more and more baby boomers retiring every day, welding careers can offer both high wages and greater job security.”
The embedded skills and competencies covered in the Welding Tech I program lead to three certifications including a KCTCS Welder’s Helper Certificate, KCTCS Gas Welder Certificate, and a Forklift Certificate of Completion.
Participants completing the Welding Tech I program can transition and easily complete OCTC’s TechX Multi-Craft Technician Program.
In addition, participants can pursue additional certificate, diploma, and associate degree options through OCTC’s Welding Technology Program, accredited by the American Welding Society.