PITTSBURGH—For a second year, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is offering a welding course in a creative time slot: 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Registration is still open for the classes beginning January 10.
CCAC’s “Midnight Welding” course was first offered a year ago in response to increased demand for the welding lab at the college’s West Hills Center in Oakdale. The lab was full six days a week throughout the traditional class day and evening, so adding the night shift was a logical next step. It is also an opportunity for incumbent workers, people with childcare concerns or others who thrive late at night.
All of the 16 men and women who enrolled in the first course passed the industry certification exam from the American Welding Society. Eleven were employed within four months of the end of the course, and one graduate was continuing his studies in heating and air conditioning at CCAC.
In the City of Bridges, welding is a high-demand field. In the 2008 Southwestern PA Manufacturing Industry Partnership Welding Outcomes Report, the International Association of Machinists and Steamfitters Local 449 reports that “there exists a shortage of welders throughout both industries, there will be significant retirements over the next few years, resulting in a shortage of skilled welders, and that it is difficult to attract people to the welding profession.”
The Marcellus Shale natural gas industry’s wells and pipelines bring additional employment opportunities for welders. CCAC has added a pipe welding course to the welding curriculum in response to the growth of this industry.
The spring “midnight welding” course incorporates the same curriculum as CCAC’s other welding certificate courses. It comprises six separate classes beginning January 10 and running through June, including Welding Fundamentals, Advanced Welding, Blueprint Reading for Welders, Prep for Welding Certification, MIG & TIG Processes and Brazing and Welding. At the close of the course, learners will be prepared to sit for trades examinations to enter Local 449.
For more information on the CCAC Welding Technology program, call 412.237.3100 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keyword “Welding.”
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.