Training providers answer call for welders

Industry research clearly shows a strong need for welders throughout the KIX region, and preparing for a career in this growing industry with high earning potential is becoming more convenient than ever as education providers roll out demand-driven training programs. WeldingInstitute72

The latest is a partnership between Sullivan College of Technology and Design (SCTD) and Jefferson County Public Schools. SCTD’s Welding Institute classes begin July 1 and will meet for 11 weeks at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville.

The program aims to prepare students and graduates for the American Welding Society Certification exam. For more information and to enroll in the SCTD Welding Institute, visit

Also, classes are in session at the Welding Institute at the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) in Scottsburg, Ind. The Scott County Economic Development Corporation and the City of Scottsburg partnered with Ivy Tech Corporate College to provide a wide spectrum of training opportunities for companies, employees and students.

Participants will earn a Technical Certificate in Industrial Technology and be prepared for additional certifications. Credits can also be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. For more information, please visit

Additionally, Area Technology Centers affiliated with public school systems offer welding training, as do community and technical colleges throughout the region.

From the aerospace industry to bridge and highway construction to consumer electronics, there are plentiful opportunities for welders. And as advanced manufacturing technology continues to develop new uses for welding, opportunities are expanding.

According to Kentuckiana Works, Greater Louisville’s workforce investment board, the number of welding jobs will grow by 14 percent by 2020.

It’s exciting to see our region’s training providers and other stakeholders respond to this need. Such programs are not only helping our workforce develop the skills needed to take advantage of welding opportunities, but also illustrate to manufacturers that they’ll find the talent their businesses need right here in our region.