Lead man for Welding Dept
I can’t speak specifically about Jobcorps, however if you are wondering how many welding certifications there are accredited by The American Welding Society, I can tell you there are dozens. To be a proficient welder one does not need to be certified. A certification may be required by certain companies to obtain a job. My advise to a new welder would be do some research into the companies you’d eventually like to apply for, as an example maybe it’s for a pipeline company. They might require you to be certified in 6G open root on schedule 40 pipe. However, a smaller job shop company wouldn’t require a pipe certification like that because a welder wouldn’t be welding pipe at their company. There are some general structural welding certifications, but many of them are for a specific welding process, i.e fcaw, smaw, and so fourth. All of these tests on average cost around 300$ each, so that’s why I would advise seeking out which industry you would like to eventually work in, then research what specific certifications that industry demands. Always remember too, even if you are independently certified with money out of your own pocket, a company may require you to take their certification test that they pay for. Don’t needlessly spend money to certify until you have a reasonable expectation it will be required to get you into the door of a company. This is coming from a welder with 15 years of experience and that has been my experience thus far, however yours may differ. Please inquire further if you have further questions.