We Proudly Present Welding Graduate Nikia Roper

We Proudly Present Welding Graduate Nikia Roper
DATE On June 22, 2021

“The strongest warriors are given the toughest battle, but don't give up on the fight,” says Nikia Roper, Rockford Career College graduate. “Stay strong, fight through it, and conquer the battle, and you'll always win.” These principles guided Nikia as she began her career journey. By never surrendering, Nikia emerged victorious from our welding program, ready to take on a new career.

What You Learn in a Welding Program

For each graduate of a program, we highlight three different courses. During the program, Nikia took courses such as: Essentials of Welding, Thermal Cutting and Metal Preparation, SMAW Plate Certification, and more.

In these courses, she learned to:

  • Identify and explain lines; material fill; sketch or draw Reading Detail Drawings; identify codes governing welding; and describe the Air Carbon Arc Cutting equipment, methods for cutting and cleaning defective metals, and how to gouge and prepare base metals
  • Cut and shape metals using various thermal cutting techniques
  • Pass AWS D1.1 code plate welding using backing strips as well as make multiple pass Groove Welds with Backing on carbon steel plate in various positions using E7018 electrodes

Hands-on learning in the lab allowed Nikia to develop not only a conceptual understanding of welding topics but also a practical one.

How Our Graduate Became a Welder

Like Nikia, you too could become a welder in just a matter of months and start your career journey in this interesting and necessary profession. We could not be more proud of Nikia for completing the challenge. We hope to one day see you graduate and begin your welding career, too.

Rockford Career College's Welding Program at a Glance

Program Length: 10 months
Learning Environment: 100% of this program is taught on-campus at the lab
Lead Instructor: Meet our instructor
Job Outlook: 3-4% increase in the U.S. projected from 2019-20291

Find out more about our welding program today. Call 888.680.6682 or submit the Request Information form on our website. We believe you can stay strong throughout your career journey. Take the first step toward a new profession today—don't give up the fight before it even begins.

1 National Center for O*NET Development.  51-4121.00 - Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.   O*NET OnLine.  Retrieved May 31, 2021, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/51-4121.00


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