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Welding careers await at RSCC program

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Spaces remain available in Roane State Community college’s welding program, a one-semester evening certificate program that prepares qualified welders for supervisory positions.

“Our program goes beyond basic welding. Students who enter our program should already have the skills to weld steel using the standard welding techniques,” said Markus Pomper, dean of Roane State’s Mathematics and Sciences Division. “Instead, we emphasize the ‘whys’ of the various welding techniques, including knowledge and skills that welders need to advance into management roles.”

The program includes a hands-on course in aluminum welding. The remaining courses emphasize in-depth knowledge that prepares students for careers in quality control, quality assurance, inspections or shop supervision.

A course in robotic welding teaches students the basics of robotic welding systems and how to program and operate robotic equipment.

A course in metallurgy emphasizes the crystalline structures of metals how welding processes affect the strength, hardness and other properties of metals. The program’s course in non-destructive testing covers a variety of testing and inspection methods.

The aluminum welding course will be at the college’s Oak Ridge campus. Other courses will be at the college’s Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility in Clinton. All classes will be held in the evenings.

Visit roanestate.edu/welding or contact Gordon Williams at 354-3000, Ext. 4899, or williamsg1@roanestate.edu, for details.