Universal Technical Institute has announced the expansion of its new Welding Technology program to the UTI-Avondale campus in the Phoenix area. Student and employer interest in the program is high in anticipation of classes scheduled to begin in January 2018, says the organization.
“UTI-Avondale will be the second UTI campus to offer the Welding Technology program, and more will follow,” said Michael Romano, UTI-Avondale campus president. “This is an expansion strategy that supports student enrollment growth, improves the utilization of our facilities and enables us to better meet the needs of employers. Skilled welders are in demand, so UTI is proud to provide yet another avenue for students to get the skills they need for a rewarding career.”
In July, UTI-Rancho Cucamonga in California became the first UTI campus to launch the new welding program. The first class was filled to capacity, illustrative of strong student interest.
Welders are increasingly sought in industries ranging from automotive fabrication and motorsports to aerospace, energy and virtually every kind of manufacturing. Between 2014 and 2024, industry will need to fill more than 128,000 new and replacement positions, according to data by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Welders are particularly in demand for major infrastructure projects that keep the nation moving, including vehicles, bridges, highways, office buildings, schools, pipelines, power plants, refineries and even spacecraft.
The UTI Welding Technology program prepares students for certification via the American Welding Society. The program includes hands-on training and instruction through a comprehensive curriculum developed in collaboration with Lincoln Electric.
“Lincoln Electric has a century-long commitment to educating welders,” said Jason Scales, manager of educational services at Lincoln Electric. “With the critical shortage of welders today, we accelerated our efforts to provide educators at every level with skills and knowledge that employers demand. We are excited to expand our products, services and expertise to help the UTI team develop an outstanding welding education program.”
The 36-week UTI Welding Technology program will train students as entry-level welders and equips them with the knowledge and skills to work in the transportation, construction, structural, pipe and fabrication industries. Courses include Principles of Welding, Gas Metal and Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Pipe Welding, Safety and more.
The program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and complements UTI’s core automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine and collision repair programs across the nation.