SCC program helps students become successful

Marcos Morales is yet another example of a student determined to succeed by turning his degree into a place in today’s workforce with the help of Sampson Community College. Morales graduated with high honors in May from SCC’s Welding Technology program.

Nationwide, there is a great need for welders. The average age of welders in the nation is 55 years old and retirement for those skilled workers is coming soon. The shortage of welders is on the way which typically means hourly wages will be on the rise.

The American Welding Society estimates that by the year 2020 there will be a shortage of 200,000 skilled welders. There are and will be welding careers available but you need to obtain the skills before you can acquire the job.

Morales earned an Associate’s Degree and is now locally employed with Schindler Elevator Corporation in Clinton. The Sampson Community College Welding Technology Program prepares students for the welding and fabrication field.

Students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to acquire a career in manufacturing, production, fabrication, and farm repair fields as well as the opportunity to learn about the MIG, TIG, and Stick welding processes and how to apply those processes by welding carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and other various metals.

Ten out of 11 graduates from SCC’s program have obtained employment in the welding field and soon, the college is upping the ante. Robotic MIG welding classes will be offered in the spring semester of 2016. Robotic MIG welding involves the use of handheld technology to program the robotic arm to weld and manufacture products. Robotic MIG welding jobs are also available in this region. Interested students should call 910-592-8081 and ask for Rex Matthis.

SCC Welding Chair and Instructor Rex Matthis assists Marcos Morales with his technique. Welding Chair and Instructor Rex Matthis assists Marcos Morales with his technique.