Sterling High School will offer a new course in its airframe engineering and design program in the 2015–2016 school year: welding.
The school is able to offer welding through a new partnership with Houston Community College. Students who successfully complete all of the necessary courses will earn a certificate as a welder’s helper. If they go on to study at Houston Community College, they will be able to take advanced welding courses there.
Entry-level pay for a welder is about $45,000, with a bonus and overtime structure that could net upwards of $65,000 to $85,000 per year.
“The demand for welders is so high in the industrial construction sector, that quite literally, we could have a program in every high school and not meet the labor demand in our region,” said Michael Webster, assistant superintendent of Career Readiness.