Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Welding Technology/Abington High School senior, Jason Hammer, is taking the first steps toward a lucrative career in the welding field while still in high school. He is earning welding credentials at EASTERN, and is already working as a welder part-time at William Henry Iron Works.
In 10th grade he attended an EASTERN informational assembly held at Abington High School, and wanted to learn more about the welding field. He visited the school and decided that the Welding Technology program was a good fit for him after hearing about the earning potential and shortage of welders currently in the field.
Jason is the SkillsUSA Welding Technology Class Representative, and is the Welding Technology program Occupational Advisory Committee Student Representative. He is also an EASTERN student ambassador who speaks at recruitment events throughout the year to parents, teachers, potential students and new school board members.
“With so many unemployed people in this country, it feels great to know that I have a skill that is in high demand,” said Jason. “I am grateful for the opportunity to get a head start on my career now.”
After graduation from EASTERN and Abington High School, Jason is considering a tour of duty with the U.S. Army where he plans continue to learn and work in the welding and engineering field.
EASTERN’s Welding Technology program is designed for students who are interested in the industrial engineering field. Students learn about the properties of different types of metals and how to join them using state-of-the-art welding equipment.