Welders apply heat to metal and fuse them together for a permanent bond, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their work is useful in several industries such as shipbuilding, aerospace work and automobile manufacturing. The average salary of a welding teacher in 2010 ranged from $28,000 to $47,000 in several cities, according to SalaryExpert.com. Welding teachers must meet several requirements to do their job effectively.
To be a welding teacher, employers typically require an individual to be able to teach and train welders according to the National Center for Construction Education and Research Contren Learning Series curriculum as well as nationally-recognized welding codes and procedures, according to Greenville Technical College in South Carolina.
Teachers usually must be competent in all aspects of welding such as basic math, metrics, basic metallurgy, heat treating and blueprint reading. Some schools want teachers who know specific skill areas such as gas tungsten arc welding and gas metal arc welding, according to San Jacinto College in Texas.
Teachers also need to be comfortable with providing both classroom and laboratory instruction, according to Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia. In addition, welding teachers often must be willing to work in a smoky, dusty environment and know how to use Microsoft Office software.
Welding teachers must be able to administer both hands-on tests and written examinations fairly and maintain the safety of students. In addition, these professionals must be able to constructively advise students on their academic process and keep up to date with the students' paperwork and files.
Welding teachers also must be able to maintain current knowledge in their field by continuing to undergo professional development, and they must continually re-evaluate their teaching methods. Most importantly, they must have the patience to teach students of all backgrounds and ages.
Some schools also require welding teachers to participate in college meetings and task forces, help develop new curricula, recruit students and participate in student organizations and activities to help retain students.
At some schools, welding teachers typically must have a minimum of a high school diploma or general educational development certificate, and a diploma or certificate in welding along with one full year of work experience in the industry. If the teaching candidate has no diploma or certificate in welding, he usually is required to have a high school diploma or GED and two full years of experience in welding and metal fabrication.
Some schools want teachers who have at least three to five years of recent work experience in the field. In other cases, schools prefer that a teacher has an associate degree in welding or a related discipline or having teaching experience.
Institutions that hire welding teachers usually require them to be current in their certification. Certification in the welding industry comes from organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Center for Construction Education and Research or the American Welding Society. Passing written exams and performance skills tasks leads to certification.
Teachers also must be able to pass a welding test related to the classes they will teach at some schools. The American Welding Society certifies welding instructors as well. The requirements to renew or extend these certifications differ among the organizations.
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