A new Welding Fundamentals class designed to help area residents and company employees improve their welding skills will be offered this Fall at Effingham High School.
The new adult program was developed in 2014 to help Effingham area manufacturers find more skilled welders to fill open positions in their businesses. The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Lake Land College, Unit 40 Schools and the Effingham Regional Growth Alliance responded to the need and two classes were held late last year. Students came from all around the Effingham region and ranged in age from a 17-year-old high school student to a 66-year old adult.
Emphasis throughout the program is placed on developing skills in safety, metal identification, oxy-acetylene welding, metal cutting processes, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding (including stainless steel and aluminum), machining, fluid power, mechanical drives and blueprint reading. Median pay for this career in 2012 was $36,720, or $17.66 per hour. (Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor)
The course will run from October 21 through December 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Effingham High School. The cost is $284.51 plus course fees. Lake Land College has designated the class as: WEL 057 Welding Fundamentals Course, Section Number: 38143. The class is convenient, effective and provided at a reasonable cost.
To enroll or to get more details, contact Bryan Burrell, Academic Counselor at 217-234-5379 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Effingham County Chamber office.