Cerro Coso College offers welding courses

Cerro Coso College offers welding coursesCerro Coso Community College is helping fill a workforce gap in qualified welders, where industry projects a shortfall of 300,000 over the next 10 years.

“Welding is one of the few career choices that is in high demand at all times,” said a spokesperson. “Since welders are needed in almost every industry, it gives them the flexibility to switch industries without changing careers.”

A Hobart Institute of Welding survey of more than 200 manufacturers and fabricators revealed that their No. 1 concern is the lack of trained welding operators nationwide.

Cerro Coso offers a series of courses to train students in multiple welding processes designed to prepare them for entry-level positions in diverse fields.

WELD C101 – Oxyacetylene Welding will meet with instructor James O’Connor on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. O’Connor will instruct another course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-9:15 p.m. Students in this class will gain practical experience in welding, brazing, soldering and cutting of steel using oxyacetylene.

WELD C102 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding will meet with instructor David Villicana on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:10-7:15 p.m. Students will gain practical, hands-on experience as well as learn safety, the different types of SMAW machines, identification of metals, electrode selection and electrical theory.

WELD C200 – Gas Metal Arc Welding with meet with instructor James O’Connor on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:50 p.m. In this course students gain practical experience in GMAW and Metal Inert Gas.

WELD C203 – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding taught by David Villicana will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7:15 p.m.

WELD C204 – Pipe and Tube Welding will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:25-9:55 p.m. with David Villicana.

WELD C210 – Welding Fabrication will meet with Villicana on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:25-9:44 p.m.

Instructor Mike Dorrell will instruct MCTL C107 – Tool and Equipment Operation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9:15 p.m. and DRFT C108 – Reading Technical Drawings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:55 p.m.

Registration is available online at www.cerrocoso.edu. Or call the Counseling Department at 760-384-6219. The semester begins Aug. 20.

Story First Published: 2018-07-27