According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for cutters, solderers, brazers, and welders is projected to reach 412,300 by 2024.
Across the U.S., though not as many people are going into these trades as we’ve seen in the past, hundreds of corporations are searching for skilled welders to begin work in the near future.
According to My Plain View, a shipbuilding firm in Mississippi is hiring hundreds of skilled workers after it was awarded several contracts for the U.S. military.
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula announced that they are searching for first class welders, pipe fitters, pipe welders, ship fitters, and test engineers. Company spokesperson Bill Glenn states that the firm is expecting to hire as much as 500 new workers by the end of the year.
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) will likely continue to play an important role within the sector, as well. An Aberdeen Group survey found that PCBs represent 31% of the cost of any product. That means there’s very little room for error or delay.
Additionally, The Tribune-Democrat reports that Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) is footing the cost of training classes for welders.
In order to fill the approximately 150 job openings for welders throughout Pennsylvania, JARI has started offering courses after it received a $150,000 training-to-career grant through Governor Tom Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.
The money will be used to hold training classes, starting in October or November. Welder students will receive 225 hours of training over a six-week period at either the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, Commonwealth Technical Institute at Hiram G. Andrews Center, or Somerset County Technology Center.
“In six weeks, you’ll have the skills that are necessary to get into an entry-level position in one of the companies that hire welders, like your JWF, your Riggs, your Everything Ice, all of the different companies — Mission Critical, Defiance Metal — all of those companies,” said Debi Balog, JARI’s director of workforce development.
Spaces are currently available for 40 individuals who are either underemployed or unemployed.
“It’s one thing to have a school that helps people and you hope they get a job,” added Bill Polacek, owner of JWF Industries. “It’s another to have a direct line to the jobs in the community.”