The Manufacturing Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.

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Welders create, design and help build pretty much everything. Using a combination of heat and pressure, welders are trained, skilled tradespeople who specialize in joining metals. Becoming a welder requires specialized education and training that can ultimately lead to a great money-making career.

Labor Market Information

Since they have a hand in creating so much in the U.S. and abroad, the demand for skilled welders is growing at about 6% per year—up to about 425,000 in the United States by 2024. Welders make $37K–$62K per year on average in the DC metro area. Entry level jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent. And there are 207 job openings annually in the DC metro area. For more information on LMI data click here.

Industry Certifications You Can Earn

  • America Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder (CW)
  • AWS D1.1 Certification AWS D9.1 Certification
  • AWS SENSE Welding Level 1
  • NCCER Welding, Level 1
  • NIMS (National Institute for Metal Working Skills) Machining Level I – Grinding Skills I
  • NIMS (National Institute for Metal Working Skills) Machining Level I – Manual Milling Skills I

Course Sequence

Intro to Welding

Welding I

Welding II

Practicum in Welding

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