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By Leader Times
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 11:10 p.m.

Information sessions on a free welder's helper job training program will be this month at two locations by Westmoreland County Community College.

The information sessions are designed for those interested in applying for entry-level training for welder's helper jobs in the natural gas drilling industry.

The first session will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 in Commissioners Hall at the WCCC Youngwood campus. The second session will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at the WCCC Fayette County Education Center, 140 N. Beeson Blvd., Uniontown. The sessions are informal to allow interested applicants to ask questions about the training and the career.

Welder's helpers prepare drilling sites and complete pipelines with certified welders. Typical assignments may include, but are not limited to the preparation of the platform for drilling rigs, welding important components of the drilling rig and other equipment involved in producing a natural gas well, and building natural gas pipelines. They work around moving equipment such as forklifts, backhoes and excavators, and are expected to regard safety on the work site as their utmost responsibility.

The welder's helper training program will be conducted July 16 through August 10 by Westmoreland County Community College at the Youngwood campus with funding from the Department of Labor Marcellus ShaleNET grant.

The 120-hour training is a highly interactive, industry-oriented program and will be taught by expert instructors. Class size is limited to 17 students.

Applicants must have a valid driver's license, provide a criminal background check, and complete a urine drug screen and a variety of aptitude tests.

The training program is free, but each participant must pay a fee to cover the costs of a drug assessment, background check and a physical exam, $150. The application process is highly competitive. Prospective applicants must register by logging onto and/or by calling Elaine Fisher at the WCCC Youngwood Campus, 724-696-4594.

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