Aaron Ardaiz became a professional welder with many hours of training and in-class education at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. Ardaiz had many options in front of him as he left high school a baseball team star and endless potential. He decided that working with metal was what he loved, and he attended Lin Benton. Ardaiz could have trained with a welding company to learn the necessary skills and concepts that all professional welders must learn to be successful, but decided to go back to school because he wanted a more formal and official learning experience.
One of the many advantages that attending an official welding program at a vocational school or community college is that these programs always offer students a complete immersion in the study of how to weld professionally. Aaron Ardaiz found that the combination of hands-on experience and classroom study by capable and experienced professors and professionals more than adequately prepared him for a long career as a professional welder. Aaron Ardaiz also used the campus resources smartly to find prospective employers looking for new welders to add to their team specifically from Linn Benton Community College. This connection with national and local employers is the hallmark of a good welding and metalworking program and Linn Benton’s connections with employers helped Ardaiz get his first job in the field.
Aaron Ardaiz possesses excellent communication skills and can work easily in teams, factors that allowed him to move up and gain more experience with different welding companies over his successful career.