The demand for welders may increase as the U.S. seeks to upgrade its aging infrastructure. Skilled welders with sought-after industry certifications could hold a lot of appeal for potential employers after they graduate high school. Three students from Taylor Terhaar’s Welding class at Islip Career Center have recently earned such valuable certifications. Islip Career Center is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES school that provides special career education programs. These programs teach skills training to students with special education needs.
Three students qualified to receive the 3G Vertical Up-hand Certification and one student also earned the 4G Overhead Certification. These tests were performed in the classroom on one-inch plate to conform to welding industry codes. The welded plates, and paperwork, were sent to L.I.T. Labs, Inc., in Hauppauge, an accredited, metallurgical testing lab. L.I.T. reviewed the work and issued official reports stating that the students’ work had met all qualifications for certification.
Said Terhaar, “When a student passes these tests, it qualifies them to weld on unlimited thickness in those positions. Also, having a qualification test allows the students to "level up" in the hiring pools of some welding unions, making them more marketable once they graduate.”