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June 2019

Take Flight: Welding

Person Welding...sparks flying.

It all starts with a few sparks, robotics, heavy machinery, buzzing noises, and that’s a day in the life of an Arkansas State University-Newport student.  Every ASU-Newport welding student learns the skills they need to enter the high paying, high demand job field of welding. This includes jobs in welding, manufacturing, construction, and custom fabrication.  Students learn several different types of welding including plasma cutting and robotic welding operation.

“If you’re interested in working with your hands, don’t mind getting dirty, interested in working with robotics, there’s always a job available for you,” said Ken Beach, ASUN’s Senior Instructor for Welding and the Associate Dean for Applied Science. “Welding is a high demand area in Northeast Arkansas. We have multiple companies in manufacturing that are hiring welders every day.”

Local companies that hire welders include Trinity Industries, ARI, MCC Group, Welsco, Great Dane Trailers, LA Darling, FDJ, and many more. If you’re looking to get a jump start in welding, apply to ASU-Newport today!

If you would like to get involved with the ASUN Welding program, here is how you can make a difference:

  • Monetary donations – ASU-Newport accepts donations for the Welding program, student success, scholarships, faculty and staff development, equipment purchases and our annual fund. To make a donation through the Foundation, click here.
  • Provide equipment – we strive to use the latest technology that our students need to remain relevant in their industry. Contact    to donate equipment to ASUN.
  • Join the Advisory Board – help transform students into relevant members of the workforce. Contact   to join the Welding Advisory Board.
  • Come train our students – our instructors welcome presenters to speak with our classes. This provides a new layer of exposure for our students and your business. Reach out to Ken Beach if you want to train and develop our students!