Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in hands-on, fast-paced environments? Have strong attention to detail and work well with others? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Welding program.

On the job you will …

  • Join metals using a variety of techniques and processes 
  • Read blueprints, work orders or production schedules to determine product or job instructions or specifications 
  • Inspect, measure or test completed metalwork pieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using measuring and testing devices 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Welding Job Corps graduates go on to work for manufacturing companies, construction, wholesale trade or repair shops. 

Students should also consider pursuing the Advanced Welding training area and other Advanced Training programs at Job Corps as part of their career pathway.

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Welding program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as: 

  • American Welding Society (AWS) 
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent  
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses  
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests  
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Donald Sherburne
Donald Sherburne
Donald Sherburne has served as Welding instructor at Penobscot Job Corps Center for over a decade. Donnie was introduced to welding and fabrication at age 10, trained in the field, and had formal training through KVVTI. He has been welding for 30 years as a welder fabricator, structural welder, heavy equipment operator, construction specialist, maintenance specialist and millwright.
William Mixer
William Mixer
William Mixer is a Welding instructor at Penobscot Job Corps Center. He previously worked at Cianbro Corporation for 25 years as a welder, foreman, general foreman and welding instructor. William also worked at Fab Newport for five years. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and following NASCAR and Boston sports teams.