Welding Open House

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ASON PENLEY Welding Instructor at Tri-County Community College

Jason Penley, head of the welding program at TCCC.


TCCC, Interstate Welding to hold Welding Open House

Tri-County Community College (TCCC) in conjunction with Interstate Welding and Steel Supply will hold a Welding Open House on March 24 at Interstate Welding and Steel Supply in Marble.

“The Welding Open House gives both current and perspective students a chance to come out and meet representatives from the industry,” said Jason Penley, head of the welding program at TCCC. “Participants can gain experience first-hand of what it is like to be a welder.”

The Welding Open House is set to feature representatives from Miller Electric Manufacturing, who will bring equipment and perform several live demonstrations for attendees. The event will also include other industry representatives to discuss the benefits of a career in welding.

“Welding as a career can provide a lot of stability,” Penley said. “On average, nearly 95 percent of welders find full-time jobs, and the field keeps growing. A lot of skilled welders are getting close to retirement, which means there won’t be a shortage of welding jobs in the coming years.”

According to the American Welding Society, estimates by 2020 indicate there will be a national shortage of 290,000 professionals in the welding sector, including inspectors, engineers, and teachers.

“This event gives both high school aged students and other interested members of the community a chance to see the opportunities a career in welding can open up for them,” Penley said.

For more information regarding the Welding Open House or TCCC’s comprehensive welding program, please contact Penley at (828) 835-4249.