Welding Programs

​​(Field or Manufacturing)

Length of Course: 720 hours

Number of weeks: 18 weeks

Hours per week: 40

Tuition:                  $12,300.00

Supplies:                  $3,800.00

Gear Kit:                      $620.00

Books:                         $180.00

TOTAL:                  $16,900.00


Course Objectives:

Training the individual student to become proficient and employable in the field of Pipe and Structural Steel Welding. This course is designed for welders who may work in the areas of field construction or shop manufacturing. A student may emphasize one area over the other, depending on a student's employment objective and overall capabilities demonstrated.

Course Descriptions:

This course contains a core curriculum of the Master Structural Welding and Fitting Course. Upon completion of the core curriculum, a student shall make a choice of either, Field Pipe Welding, consisting primarily of the SMAW (stick) and GTAW (Tig) welding processes, or Manufacturing Pipe Welding using the GMAW (Mig) and FCAW (Flux Core) welding processes. If a student's progress is above average, they may perform in both field and manufacturing pipe welding.

This program prepares a graduate for journeyman level positions as a pipe welder or fitter or combination pipe welder/fitter in the manufacturing or job shop area. This course also prepares the individual for pipe welding and pipe fitting positions in the field construction industry, consisting of shutdowns, turnarounds, add‑ons, and new construction of various plants including power plants, petro/chemical plants, pulp, and paper plants, food processing plants and refineries.

This course is a competency-based program. Students may progress at their own pace per American Welding Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Code Standards. It is mandatory that the student shall complete 720 hours and retain passing grades. A diploma and Welder Performance Certification Papers will be issued when the student has fulfilled the required elements. Students who have not completed the required elements shall receive neither a diploma nor Welder Performance Certification Papers.

The student's remaining hours may be used to brush up on another job or continue training in an area that the welder needs to concentrate on for further employment opportunities.

Each day will be composed of one hour of classroom lecture and seven hours of hands‑on training in the shop.

Course Competency Subjects:

  • Orientation

  • Structural Steel Welding and Fitting (All Positions)

  • Pipe Welding and Fitting (All Positions)

  • Welding Theory

  • Blueprint reading and Interpretation

  • Basic Trade Math and Application

  • Welding Safety

  • Employment Training (Job Search Techniques)

Welding Processes Performed:

  • SMAW – Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick)

  • GMAW – Gas Metal Arc Welding (Mig or Wire)

  • FCAW – Flux Core Arc Welding (Dual or Innershield)

  • GTAW – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (Tig or Heliarc)

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Shift Schedule

Days (1st Shift) - 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Break: 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Fridays: 5:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Evenings (2nd Shift) - 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Lunch: 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Break: 7:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Graveyard (3rd Shift) - 10:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Lunch: 1:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Break: 3:30 a.m. to 3:45 a.m.

Friday: 9:00 p.m. to 4:15 a.m.