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Skilled to Work: Welders needed as cities continue to grow

Nick Bezates, co-owner of Bezates Construction Inc., said welders in the industry are aging and starting to retire, so the need for developing a new workforce is vital.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 4:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As the region continues to grow, welders are needed.

Nick Bezates, co-owner of Bezates Construction Inc., said welders in the industry are aging and starting to retire, so the need for welders and developing a new workforce is vital.

Bezates said welders earn a good living and get substantial benefits. Welders are valuable as cities continue to develop, and there are plenty of work opportunities.

“With the cities growing, we’re expanding wastewater treatment plants, and water treatment plants, everything -- bridges, buildings, you name it -- and everything has something welded in it at some point or another,” Bezates said.

Bezates said he earned a degree in welding process from Lane Community College.

He recommends anyone with an interest in welding enroll in one of LCC’s welding courses offered throughout the year.

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