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Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) is offering a new evening welding class that will begin on October 28.

“A lot of the local people have to work during the day, so this gives them a chance to learn something new in the evening,” said WITCC Welding Department Program Director Rodney Tyo.

Students in the eight-week, two college credit course will learn oxyacetylene and plasma cutting, shielded metal arc (stick) welding and MIG welding, which is automatic-feed wire welding.

“It’s an introduction to all of them,” Tyo said. “It gives you a pretty good foundation on how to set everything up, how to operate everything, troubleshoot any problems you might have and learn to weld in different positions.”

Tyo said he has wanted to add a night welding class since he started with WITCC in 2017.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I came from teaching at a college in Indiana. Our night classes were just as busy as the day classes. We usually had people on a waiting list for the evening classes.”

The WITCC class will take place on Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Trained welders are needed around Crawford County and all around the country, Tyo said.

“Just in this area, about everybody that does welding contacts me looking for students of mine to hire,” he said.

“Everybody seems to need welders. Look at any want ad page and you’re going to find someone in there looking for a welder.”

His former students, and a current student, are working at a half-dozen places in the county or nearby.

“It’s a good opportunity for anybody that wants to change vocations,” Tyo said. “This is a way for someone that doesn’t have any skills to increase their knowledge into something that can make them a good living for the rest of their life.”

Others may want to learn welding as a hobby or to use the skills to do their own equipment repairs, he said.

“I’ve had students that have taken classes just so they can weld their own farm equipment,” he said.

Tyo has set up discounts students in the class may use to purchase equipment.

For more information, contact Tyo at 712-263-3419 ext. 2391.

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