Careers and Employment

Employers in the John Wood Community College service region have needs for entry-level welders who possess a variety of skills. These skills include reading and interpreting welding symbols and blueprints, basic MIG and TIG welding, commercial welding practices, and principles of welding safety. The JWCC welding program teaches these skills.

“I joined the welding program to improve my skills, and I enjoyed the hands-on experience. The instructor was very knowledgeable, helpful and informative, and the class gave me a better understanding of the welding process. I hope to use the skills I’ve learned to be more qualified for future tasks or jobs.”

Tom Elliott, Liberty
Leander Construction Company, Canton, IL


Welding LabEmployment opportunities in welding occupations continue to expand. Recent data projects a 15% growth in job opportunities between now and the year 2020.

Welders can advance to more skilled jobs with additional training and experience. For example, they may become technicians, supervisors, inspectors, or instructors. Some experienced welders open their own repair shops.


Entry-level welders in Illinois can expect to earn at least $24,000 per year. The median salary for welders is $35,450 or $17.04 per hour. Pay varies with the area of the country and the employer.