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Salina College Celebrates New Program

KSAL Staff - March 14, 2015 12:13 pm

A Salina college opened its doors to the public Saturday in celebration of a new construction-related field of study. Brown Mackie College is now offering a degree that prepares students for a job in the welding industry.

Brown Mackie President Dr. Judy Holmes tells KSAL News that the welding program has been in the works for more than a year.

The program covers skills in welding, brazing, cutting, and fabrication operations using shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding, (GMAW), and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) techniques. It introduces students to advanced skills in aluminum welding.

Holmes says that the new two-year program includes not just study, but about a year of hands-on welding. She says that students will be prepared to do numerous high-paying jobs in the industry including certified scaffolder, certified rigger, and grain operator.

Depending on where the job is, some welders can make several thousand dollars a week. In central Kansas, welders can start at an average of about $12 to $15 an hour, and even more in some locations.

Juanita Ramirez

March 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Be careful choosing that career. Check it out well before deciding to study welding. Every welder I know absolutely HATED it after a couple of years. Go out and talk to others in the welding field. Never will pay that much unless you go out on the road, pipelines, underwater welding etc. And talk about a dirty , smoky , stinky job. And being offered at the Brown “Rip-Off” Mackie College (how do they get away with calling this dump a college…LOL!) I am sure the tuition costs are sky high too!!

Jim Gebhardt

March 16, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Juanita you should be ashamed of yourself. It is sad when people like you have a voice. Clearly uneducated.

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