TechCareers Welding Available as Ebook

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TSTC Publishing’s newest entry in its TechCareer Series: Welding Technology is now available as an ebook, and the print copy will debut Dec. 1 on the book market.

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It’s imperative to let people know the real technical career options available to them . . . not through pie-in-the-sky projections …. Given that all this information is available as an ebook just makes access to it that much easier.

"Now, more than ever, it's imperative to let people know the real technical career options available to them . . . not through pie-in-the-sky projections but, rather, by the presentation of hard facts and documented evidence. Given that all this information is available as an ebook just makes access to it that much easier." — Michael Bettersworth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Advancement, Texas State Technical College System.

TSTC Publishing’s newest entry in its TechCareer Series: Welding Technology is now available as an ebook, and the print copy will debut Dec. 1 on the book market.

TechCareers: Welding Technology offers employment overviews, skill requirements, education and training information and everything else needed for a career in the welding and metal-working business. The ebook is available on the Nook, the Kindle and other ereaders. The book, written by Joseph Abbott and Karen Mitchell Smith, provides an in-depth guide to the job-market potential of welding, as well as the requirements necessary to become a welder.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be about 400,000 vacant welding positions by 2014 with not enough welders to fill them. The majority of today’s welders are from the retiring Baby Boomer generation, leaving the job market wide open for welders.

As of May 2008, the average hourly wage for a welder was $16.13 an hour, or $33,550 a year. The top 10 percent of welders made upwards of $25 an hour, or $52,000 a year. Welding engineers, the highest paid type of welders, on average make $39.34 an hour, or $81,827 a year. The salary, of course, depends on location, experience and education.

The book offers a list of job titles and corresponding duties welders can find in their industry:

  •     Boilermaker – building and maintaining metal vessels and structures
  •     Pipefitter – installing and maintaining pipe systems and supports
  •     Reinforcing and structural iron worker – installing girders, columns and other construction materials
  •     Sheet metal worker – making, installing and maintaining items made from sheet metal
  •     Underwater welder – working on underwater projects like offshore platforms
  •     Welding machine operator – setting up and taking care of welding machines
  •     Welding educator – teaching others how to weld
  •     Welding sales – selling welding equipment and supplies

Today, industries rely on the expertise of highly skilled welders because lives depend on the quality of welders’ work. Welding is not just crafting two pieces of metal together. It requires technological savvy, too, with welders using newer technologies like lasers, electron beams and ultrasounds from behind a computer console operating a remote device.

“We are seeing more and more technology coming into play, so it doesn’t have the stigma of welders being high school dropouts that it once had,” says Dave Cotner, head of the welding program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

From employment outlook to job duties to the necessary skill sets a welder is expected to possess, TechCareers: Welding Technology provides vital information any prospective welding student needs to know.

The TechCareers Series is a joint effort of TSTC Publishing, the publishing arm of the Texas State Technical College System, and TSTC Forecasting. The series includes: Biomedical Equipment, Automotive Technicians, Avionics Technician, Wind Energy, Computer Gaming Programmers & Artists and Welding Technology. Other forthcoming books include Aviation Pilots, Aviation Maintenance, Graphic Design and Radiation Protection.

Abbott is a native of Marfa, Texas, and a longtime writer and editor based in Waco. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English and has written on various topics ranging from meteorology to space shuttle launches. Mitchell Smith is a longtime educator and freelance writer from Weatherford, Texas.

Established in 2004 as the publishing arm of the Texas State Technical College System, TSTC Publishing offers faculty throughout the country the opportunity to initiate and participate in a variety of book development projects. TSTC Publishing projects now include such ancillary products as instructor guides, student workbooks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, ebooks and companion websites. In addition to offering editorial help and guidance to faculty, assistance also is available in the areas of materials production, distribution and sales.
Visit TSTC Publishing on the Web at http://publishing.tstc.edu

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