Last year an EMSI case study focused on the National Center for Welding Education and Training’s national welding report. Weld-Ed has officially released the comprehensive report that used EMSI Data to show the need for more than 238,000 new and replacement workers from 2009-19 in the five occupations that drive the industry.
Getting young people interested in pursuing careers in welding is a hard sell, acknowledges Duncan Estep, director of the National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), a public-private partnership based at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Ohio.
But that’s part of the missions of Weld-Ed: to promote reforms in welding education and provide training and professional development to community college and high school welding instructors.
“Welding is not held in high regard,” Estep says, noting that people think it is dirty and dangerous and that there are few jobs due to factory shutdowns and outsourcing.
Although many factories have closed down in recent years, “welding is a fundamental technology in manufacturing,” and there are plenty of jobs, he says, adding that many projects, such as high-speed rail systems, can’t be outsourced.