Why Vocational Training?

What is right for you?

WELDING, FABRICATION & MANUFACTURING go hand in hand, the extensive need for skilled tradesman is rising daily and more often vocational education is becoming a valued alternative to the traditional 4-year college.

Monica Pfarr, executive director of the AWS Foundation, said in her article Combating the Welder Shortage,

Within the next decade, there will be a need to fill nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs, and a current gap in essential manufacturing skills will likely result in some 2 million of those jobs going unfilled… Another contributor is economic expansion in the United States, which is sorely needed to keep pace with manufacturing competition from overseas.”

The opportunities for life after high school are wide open; there are 6.2 million jobs available today, many of those are welding and fabrication, and the majority of them don’t require a degree. That’s where we come in. There is a definite skills gap in our industry. Without shop class in middle school and high school, we are seeing the skills gap grow higher each year. We see many students who aren’t quite geared up for college and THAT’S OKAY, we are happy to serve them. The Fab School provides students with the technical and hands-on skills required to become marketable candidates for employment in the metal fabrication and welding industry through classroom activities and practical shop experiences.

It doesn’t go without saying that choosing a path after high school is a tough decision; many students have high school counselors and teachers pushing toward the traditional 4-year College path, others have parents wanting them to follow in their footsteps and then you have your own inner passion trying to tell you otherwise. Here are a few key things to take into consideration when choosing the right path for you.

  1.  Know Your Options

    Have you looked into your options when it comes to education and training?
    Trade School vs 4-Year Degree

    Despite the ongoing trend that most high schools push toward, the credibility of trade schools is on the rise as most are able to graduate students through their programs much quicker, 6 months at The Fab School, than a traditional 4-year college degree. Trade schools, such as The Fab School, are able to focus on the program of study whereas a 4-year degree requires prerequisite work before you can start taking classes that specialize in your passion.

  2. What do you want? And what are you willing to commit?

    What are your short term and long term goals?
    6-12 months or 4 years

    Are you looking to ignite your career in as little as 6 months, or are you willing to devote 4 years before you can begin looking for a job in your field of study? The shortage of skilled workers increases daily as the demand rises. These careers have in the past been referred to as inferior to those with a degree, yet now are gaining both integrity and fortune. Monica Pfarr reported, “The welding industry alone is expected to produce at least 5,000 new jobs each year in the United States”.
    Combating the Welder Shortage, Monica Pfarr.

    Welders and Fabricators who graduated from The Fab School are succeeding and proving themselves in their careers. Some making over $100,000 / year as a welder/fabricator. Graduates succeeding in Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Refining, and so many more opportunities.

    Set yourself ahead of the rest by deciding now what your goals are.

  3. Do Your Homework!

    Ask Questions. Tour. Call. Talk to the Instructors. Ask Current Students.
    What drives your passion?

    Before you can commit yourself fully you have to do your homework. Go out and tour your top three schools of choice, see if they are the right fit for you. You will know when you walk through the doors if you have the passion to make that skill your career. Ask questions, talk to current students, speak to the instructors, find out what career services is going to do for you when you’re done with the program, make sure that what you commit to is the right fit for you.

    The only wrong question is the one you don’t ask.

  4. Who do you idol?

    It is important to have someone in your life that you look up to, someone you are inspired by, someone you can aspire to be one day. Are you into off-road, custom automotive designs, aerospace, do you love to work with your hands? Who shares that same passion and can help drive and inspire your dreams throughout your career?

  5. What is your dream job?

    Is your school of choice the one that is going to get you to achieve your career goal?
    95% Job Placement (2017)

    At The Fab School, we take pride in helping you get into the industry you are passionate about. Finding a successful career that you will enjoy is half the battle. We have graduates working in Aerospace, Off-Road, Set Design, Custom Automotive, Pipeline and so many more…if it has to do with metal our graduates can do it, and so can you!

    After graduating from The Fab School, 95% of our graduates became employeed in the Welding and Metal Fabrication industry in 2017. Make sure you choose a school who is dedicated to you and helping you succeed in your career.

  • Underemployed College Graduates
  • H.S. or No Formal Requirement
  • B.A.
  • Some College / Associates
  • Advanced Degree

Nearly 50% of college graduates are underemployed

The U.S. BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) reports that nearly 50% of college graduates are underemployed.

They also report that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26% by 2020. This makes welding one of the fastest growing professions in America. The growing demand for welders has caused many jobseekers to consider a career in welding for a few reasons. The welding industry offers higher than average starting pay, good benefits and a bright future.

3.5 million manufacturing jobs need to be filled within the next decade

Source: U.S. BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Total expected job openings (due to growth and replacements) 2014-2024. http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_104.htm. The BLS assigns a ‘typical education needed for entry’ designation for each occupation. The chart shows the percent of jobs expected by that education designation.