This associate of applied science degree program is designed for a person currently in or who has completed a Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) apprenticeship in the following trades and who intends to work beyond the level of journeyman as coordinator, leader, or supervisor in industrial trade and community roles. The trades are boiler/turbine operator, die cast mold, heat and frost insulator, industrial mobile mechanic, machinist, millwright, motor winder, pipefitter, roll turner, instrumentation technician, and welder.
Overall, the average growth rate for all of the industrial mechanics and maintenance apprenticeship trades is about 12%. Welders will be the largest number of openings in Oregon, with 2,092 opening between now and 2014. The growth rate for all trades in this category is less than 8% through 2014, however applicants with broad skills in machine repair and maintenance will have favorable job prospects due to many retirements and a shortage of young workers with the necessary skills.
Depending upon the employers’ geographic location and any union/open shop affiliation, those completing this program can expect to earn $11.09 to $28.54 per hour. The average Oregon wage for welders is, on average, $16.09. Welders in Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties earn from $13.29 at entry to a median of $18.10. Instrument technicians in Oregon earn about $25.10.