Baker College of Auburn Hills offers new welding programs in Pontiac

Baker College of Auburn Hills will launch two new welding programs beginning 2015 fall quarter. One is for a certificate; 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.

“Though 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.”

Graduates will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the welding industry — skills such as 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 www.baker.edu. Financial assistance opportunities are available.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 28,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.