The James Turner Institute of Welding Technology at Central Piedmont is focused on being the leader in workforce development for the Charlotte area and region. Our skilled faculty works closely with local and regional industry to provide highly customizable training programs to enhance the employee's skills and create a pipeline of talent for future growth. The opportunities are endless: if you are looking for a job that is ever-changing and challenging, welding is for you.
What You Will Learn
The welding technology program teaches both the theoretical and practical principles of the profession, develops proficiency in technical skills, and provides opportunities for the application of both theoretical and practical knowledge. Successful graduates of the program may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
- safely and efficiently utilize cutting and welding equipment that complies with accepted industry standards
- read/interpret mechanical drawings and apply communicated information to build fabricated assemblies that comply with industry standards
- demonstrate acquired skills and a knowledge base that meets or exceeds established industry benchmarks
Career opportunities exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision and welding-related self-employment.
Why Choose Central Piedmont
After completing the associate degree, you will have the opportunity to take the Corporate and Continuing Education American Welding Society (AWS) plate or pipe certification test before graduation for a discounted rate. Our welding program is approved for workplace learning opportunities while you are in school — Central Piedmont has an entire department dedicated to connecting students with applicable work based learning opportunities such as cooperative education (co-op), internships, and/or apprenticeships. Our welding program also offers extracurricular opportunities via student clubs, such as participation in the annual American Welding Society competition. Past students have won first place in the American Welding Society competition.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.