AUBURN — The Center for Workforce and Professional Development at Central Maine Community College is partnering with area employers and service providers to recruit candidates interested in the welding field.

The no-charge Welding Academy Program provides three consecutive, 40-hour weeks of hands-on training, taught by an industry expert. The program is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 15, and new cohorts begin every three weeks.

Successful candidates complete 120 hours of in-person course instruction on new state-of-the-art equipment. The curriculum includes safety training, tool and equipment use, how to make different types of welds and how to test the strength of those welds. Types of welds include out-of-position T welds, groove welds, vertical welds, stick and flux core, oxy cutting, plasma cutting, and non-destructive and destructive testing.

Support services may be available to eligible candidates through Eastern Maine Development Corporation and/or Community Concepts.  Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for immediate employment.

This program is funded by the Maine Jobs and Recovery Program. Participants must be at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma, GED, or HiSet, and be a U.S. citizen and/or authorized to work in the U.S. A criminal background check and current vaccination records will be required.

Additionally, candidates in MJRP-funded programs must be a dislocated, unemployed or underemployed worker, or someone whose job has been adversely affected by COVID-19. Underemployed can be considered as working part-time but looking for full-time work or working in an occupation below one’s skillset.

To register for the program, visit or contact Central Maine Community College’s Center for Workforce & Professional Development at [email protected] or 207-755-5280.

For more information, visit or call human resources at 207-755-5396.


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