According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The median pay for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers:
  • Start Wage: $15-22 an hour
  • Average Class size: 15 students
  • Class Schedules: Day Classes, Summer Courses, Evening Classes
  • Instructors are American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspectors.

Certified welders are in great demand.  Metal is what you see everywhere – cars, buses, trains, planes and boats, and more.  The world’s infrastructure depends on metal. If you are looking for a job with high growth potential, consider welding. The Texas Workforce Commission projects a 4.3% job growth increase for welders and solderers through 2024. 

Ranger College’s programs provide the training you need to master a variety of welding processes and techniques, including foundational welding skills for employment or for personal or artistic use.

Welding is wide-open for today’s industries

Welders work in a variety of jobs in wide-ranging industries, including (but not limited to): aerospace, agriculture, automotive, chemical processing, manufacturing, oil and gas extraction, plumbing and pipe welding, robotics and underwater welding.

Students are provided with the technical skills for employment as welders in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). 

Ranger College offers four welding curriculum options at its Ranger campus and Erath County Center, including dual credit, certificates of completion (one and two semesters) and associate degree (four semesters). The certificates can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward an associate degree in welding.

The average class size is 15 students and our instructors are American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspectors. 

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