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Goodwill Partners with Forsyth Tech on Welding Classes


Workforce Development Center - Winston-Salem - Forsyth County

Winston-Salem NC


Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Forsyth Tech have teamed up to offer welding classes, and produce graduates whose skills are being sought by area companies such as Siemens, Caterpillar, and John Deere-Hitachi.
Multiple Media Sources reported that Deere-Hitachi, has pledged to hire about 90 welders over the next two years as the Kernersville plant expands. During a December 6, 2012 meeting at Forsyth Tech, Deere representatives indicated they were looking for employees who want to spend their entire career with the company. Forsyth Tech administrators assured Deere that welding graduates trained by Goodwill and Forsyth Tech would make good employees for Deere-Hitachi.
Welding classes will be held at labs on Forsyth Tech's campus, as well as at Goodwill's facility on University Parkway. Four levels of training are being offered, including: Advanced Welding; ARC Welding; Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding; and, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding.
The ARC Welding course introduces students to the principles of welding. Studies will include types of heat ranges, polarities, and flux-coated electrodes.
In the MIG and TIG courses, students will operate electric power source welding machines with handheld wire feed units. Studies will include types of wire electrodes and shielding gases.
The Advanced course offers training to students who have completed either the ARC or MIG course, and includes working with measuring instruments and reading blue prints.
New classes begin every quarter, and registration will be through Forsyth Tech.
For information about class times and fees, call (336) 724-3625, ext. 1219 or visit
Watch WGHP's recent segment on Goodwill's welding classes.

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