Welding Diploma Program
We are the only school in the area that offers a free test as a Certified Welding Inspection (CWI).
Multiple certificates. All Welding students will be able to receive their diploma and test for one of the following to earn a Certified Welding Inspection (CWI) report with the American Welding Society (AWS).
1. Any Welding process using Stick, Flux Core, MIG, or TIG on mild steel material up to 3/8”
2. The standard testing fee is $228, which will be paid for by the college
3. Testing will be completed one-week prior to the student’s graduation date (end of their program).
4. Students have the option of joining the American Welding Society (AWS) for $50.
Our graduates are adept in the various welding types, including gas, shielded metal arc (STICK), metal inert gas (MIG), flux core, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding.
Our classes review a broad range of material including welding theory, SMAW and GTAW specifics, welding safety, thermal cutting, and general craft and trade skills.
Solid job demand.
Along with cutters, solderers, and brazers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers will need 22,000 more welders between 2016 and 2026. That is a 5 percent increase in jobs.1
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm(visited February 7, 2018).
Program length – 10 months
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Classes in the program include instruction in a variety of skills such as welding theory, SMAW and GTAW specifics, welding safety, thermal cutting, and general craft and trade skills. Students will have the opportunity to explore, practice and apply skills, and learn successful study strategies and time management to prepare them for the field.
Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. Welders work in a variety of construction and manufacturing environments, including on ships and on pipelines.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts 128,500 new welders will be needed between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16