Welding Technology

Careers in Welding

Harold Elton with students

Career Opportunities for Men & Women

NWC's welding faculty are the contact point for students seeking job placement. In the past six years, the department has achieved 100% placement for those students who want to work.

Welding students just entering the field earn wages ranging from $8.50 to $16.00 per hour. Advanced welders who have been in the field for more that one year can earn wages from $16.00 to $27.00 per hour and anywhere from $32.00 to $50.00 per hour if they own their own welding equipment.


Doug Walker
"I know I'll have a job. Welding is so in demand and always will be."
Doug Walker
Cartwright, ND

Sample Job Opportunities

  • Self-employed business owner
  • Welding engineer
  • Fabrication/Prototype Technician
  • MIG & TIG Welders
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Plastics Welding Technical Specialist
  • Manufacturing Production Supervisor
  • Ironworker
  • Boilermaker
  • Pipefitter
  • Sales Representative


Sparks fly

Potential Employers

  • Superior Machine
  • Production Machine
  • Western Mine Service
  • NASA
  • Boeing
  • Marathon Pipeline
  • Amoco
  • Exxon
  • Conoco


Bill Johnson
Associate Professor of Welding; Coordinator of Welding