William Wilson, Lead Instructor
Delgado’s welding program challenges students to master specific skill related competencies set forth by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) as well as our Welding Advisory Committee which consists of business and industry representatives from the Greater New Orleans region. This program is offered at both the Jefferson and West Jefferson sites. Each site has a well-equipped shop area that enables students to receive hands on instruction in the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), flux core metal arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten metal arc welding (GTAW) processes. After completion of this program, the student will have covered the skills designated by the American Welding Society (AWS) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
Choosing welding as a career gives you a wide variety of options for employment. Most welders work in manufacturing industries that produce transportation equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, and fabricated metal products. Welders are also employed in the construction of buildings and bridges, and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, railroads, and refineries.
The average salary for a welder in Louisiana is $20.69per hour/$43,040 per year (LA Workforce Commission, Occupational Wage Data, 2013).
The Welding program offers the following Certificates of Technical Studies (C.T.S.): Flux Core & Gas Metal Arc Welder, Shielded Metal Arc Welder, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welder.