The University of Arkansas Cossatot is offering pipe welding courses in 8-week and 16-week modules beginning January 2019 on the Nashville campus. Pipe welding is an advance welding career that is in high-demand across the country.

UA Cossatot’s pipe welding program is the only pipe welding program in Southwest Arkansas. The following welding methods — all of which are valuable skills for a successful career — are taught one-on-one by Wayne Kendrick, a pipe welding expert with 15 years of experience in the field:

  • GTAW pipe welding is by far the most complicated and time-consuming of all welding techniques. One of the lesser-known techniques of the GTAW method, called cup walking, offers consistent quality welds while creating minimum operator fatigue. Considerations and techniques necessary to develop the skill of cup walking, including details regarding filler metals, cup changing, and power sources, will be taught in this program.
  • SMAW pipe welding is the most common method used in pipeline welding and is the basis used for developing skills required in the other pipe welding processes. Certification in this technique will qualify welders for high placement and high levels of pay.
  • SMAW — stainless steel pipe welding is a more advanced method of welding than SMAW -carbon steel and requires special training specific to stainless steel metals which can lead to even higher pay. Not as many jobs are available for this special needs technique but working conditions are often in a controlled environment.
  • GMAW and FCAW pipe welding techniques are becoming more sought after by business and industry in manufacturing processes. These methods lend themselves to faster production for assembly type production. Demand is higher for this process of welding.

“What makes UA Cossatot pipe welding courses different than other programs in the state is that it’s close to home and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum that has been prepared in cooperation with American Welding Society (AWS) standards and supports learning objectives from the AWS Advanced and Expert Welder Programs,” says UA Cossatot Pipe Welding Instructor Wayne Kendrick.

According to Kendrick, 100 percen of UAC Pipe Welding program graduates are employed in high-paying jobs around the country. Hourly pay rates range from $24+/hour based on skill level and experience.

UA Cossatot pipe welding courses are from 3 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on Monday - Thursday on the Nashville campus. The first day of January 8-week and 16-week courses is Jan. 14, 2019, and March 8-week courses begin March 11, 2019.

Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualifying students.

Interested persons may complete an information request at www.cccua.edu/pipewelding or contact UA Cossatot Skilled and Technical Sciences Division Chair Steve McJunkins at (office) 870-584-1338, (cell) 870-582-1836, or (email) smcjunkins@cccua.edu.

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