Welding Open House

About 50 people attended the welding department’s open house on the evening of April 28. Students and faculty were on hand to demonstrate welding techniques and to answer questions about the program.

Current students encouraged visitors to try their hand at some welding.

Some high school students who visited the welding open house had attended the college’s CTE programs showcase event with their high schools on April 18. This event gave those students the opportunity to return with their parents to have a close-up look at Clark’s welding program. Professors gave informal tours, and current welding students provided hands-on welding practice and metal bending. Clark’s welding students also answered questions about their experiences studying welding at Clark.

Welding Professor Tatum Parsley was on hand to answer questions about the program.

The median hourly wage for a welder in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties is $23.49, and the median annual wage is $48,856, according to Washington Department of Employment Security Data Department/Data Division.

Clark College’s welding program offers five welding certificate programs and an Associate in Applied Technology degree in Welding Technologies, a two-year degree. Some welding courses are offered in the evening to accommodate students with daytime jobs.

Welding Professor Chad Laughlin shows off the boat that students are currently working on.

Those interested in enrolling in welding are encouraged to begin the program in the summer, and start with blueprinting, a class that introduces students to the lab and program. This also gives the students an opportunity to get to know each other. Classes start the evening of July 10. To get started, contact the Welcome Center. Students who cannot start in the summer may start any term.

Photos: Clark College/Jenny Shadley