Baker College Auburn Hills Adds New Welding Programs

AUBURN HILLS — Baker College of Auburn Hills will launch two new welding programs beginning 2015 fall quarter. One is a certificate program, while the other is for an associate degree. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 28.

Those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as enrollment may be limited. Classes will be held in the welding lab of Oakland Schools in Pontiac.

The new programs are intended to help meet the needs of area employers, according to Peter W. Karsten, Ph.D., CPA, Baker College of Auburn Hills president.

“There is an increasing demand for trained welding specialists — employers are telling us they can’t fill current available positions,” he said. “The Baker College programs will provide training for those who have interest in becoming a welding engineer, welding inspector, structural ironworker, custom vehicle designer and metal art sculptor, among other welding professions. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders have a wide range of opportunities, and can easily shift from one type of work to another.”

The two welding programs are already offered at Baker College campuses located in Flint, Owosso, Cadillac and Cass City. Karsten believes that Baker’s established welding curriculum will provide superior training beginning on the first day of classes.

“Another ‘Baker benefit’ of having five campuses in the state offer the same programs is that if students need to relocate before completion of their program, they can easily transfer to another campus,” Karsten said.

Graduates will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the welding industry: oxyacetylene welding, cutting and brazing, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and destructive weld testing methods. The curriculum will meet or exceed the requirements set by the American Welding Society.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the 2014 mean annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $40,040.

For more information about the welding programs, contact Nicole Chirco in the Baker College of Auburn Hills admissions office at (248) 340-0600 or nicole.chirco@baker.edu., or visit http://www.baker.edu. Financial assistance opportunities are available.

Baker College is a nonprofit private college that serves more than 28,000 students online and at campuses in Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadilac, Cass City, Clinton Township, Coldwater, Flint, Fremont, Jackson, Muskegon, Owosso and Port Huron. It grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs in business, health sciences, engineering, IT, education and human services.

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