Top-Notch Education in the Ways of Welding
Backed by state-of-the-art equipment, a new training laboratory at Cuyahoga Community College addresses the welding-workforce challenge in Northeast Ohio.
“The center exists to find, train, and place the right people in the right jobs -- it is always all about jobs.”
“There are many manufacturing-technology jobs available, and those jobs continue to grow,” Muha explains. “The reality is that everyone will have, at some point, a certain amount of advanced technical skills. Yesterday we did things by hand, and we did things in agrarian societies that we don’t do now. Technology is changing so quickly, and with these changes, it is our job to prepare people to work in such an environment.”
Virgil Chichernea, program manager for industrial automation and maintenance at Tri-C, agrees, and also sees the need for welding training in Northeast Ohio.
“We have a high demand for welders in this region,” he says, noting that need as a major reason for opening the new ATTC welding lab. “We have a long waiting list for the classes for this building. We’ve noticed that about half the people that enroll in classes just want the welding skill, and after a semester of training, they easily can land a welding job. Others pursue associates degrees, looking for management or other skilled jobs in a manufacturing environment.”