Lone Star College System partners with Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions to provide free training opportunities in Welding and Ironworking for workers facing financial hardships.
Welding is a critical field in growing industries in the Gulf Coast, and welders are in constant demand. Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components. Workers with steady arms, near vision, good coordination, manual dexterity and comfort in an external or non-air-conditioned setting are good for this kind of job.
Within the past year, 1,195 openings have been posted for welders in the Houston MSA, and demand is constant for welders. In the Houston MSA, the average entry level wage for welders is $13.85, and the average wage is $19.46.*
Ironworking is a critical field for the growth of the Gulf Coast, and ironworkers are in strong demand. Ironworkers (or structural steel workers) raise, place and unite iron or steel girders, columns and other structural pieces to form structural frames. Workers with steady arms, good coordination, strength, manual dexterity and comfort in an external setting are good for this kind of job.
Within the past year, 66 openings have been posted for ironworkers in the Houston MSA, and these skills fit several other high-demand jobs. In the Houston area, the average entry level wage for ironworkers is $12.61, and the average wage is $18.98.*
Start dates for Ironworking: October 6, 2014; January 5, 2015; March 2, 2015; May 4, 2015
Start dates for Welding: October 14, 2014; January 5, 2015; February 23, 2015; April 20, 2015
If you are eligible for TANF, SNAP, Unemployment, or if you make less than $37,000 yearly and have a child under 18, you may be eligible. Eligibility for this free training program depends on determination by Workforce Solutions based on financial hardship. Please complete the form to the right to get started on a new career.