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Are you good with your hands? Do you like creating, designing, or building things? If so, a career as a Welder would be great fit for you! A career in welding allows you to work with your hands rather than at a desk. In fact, depending on the type of position you have, you may even be able to travel, have a flexible work schedule, and work in various types of environments.

Welders are needed across America in a variety of industries such as, aerospace, automotive, shipyards, construction, oil, and manufacturing. Right here in Texas, job openings are expected to grow by 18 percent through 2026* in this diverse and exciting career.

Welding is both a science and an art that provides ongoing opportunities and endless learning possibilities for both men and women. With the right training and certifications, you can be on your way to a fulfilling career, utilizing your skills and talents in the Real World!

Is the Advanced Welding Technology Program Right for You?

Take the “Western Technical College Advanced Welding Technology Program Readiness Quiz”

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get your Advanced Welding Technology Program Readiness score now!


Learn from the best. We are dedicated to you and want you to have a positive learning experience. Our Welding Program Director holds certifications as a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and a Certified Welding Educator (CWE). These certifications ensure there’s a full understanding on welding training requirements, safety procedures, preparation of instruction plans for a diverse and engaging classroom, and evaluations of student performance.

Spacious training facilities. You’ll have plenty of room to move around. Good thing too because our welding program is 80 percent hands-on training! We have both an outside yard and a large indoor shop with state-of-the-art equipment.

Flexible schedules. We know life can be hectic and that is why we offer three flexible schedules to choose from. Attend classes around what works best for you and choose from day, afternoon or evening classes. For day and afternoon classes, you can complete your training in 69 weeks (17.25 months). Evening classes – 86 weeks (21.5 months).

Welding Certifications. Preparing you is what we do! Not only will you graduate with a Certificate in Advanced Welding, you will also be fully prepared to test for 8 welding certifications offered by the American Welding Society (AWS):

  • (6) Structural Certifications – 2G, 3G,4G (POSITIONS) SMAW (STICK), 3/8” PLATE, OPEN V GROOVE
  • (2) Pipe Certifications –
    •    6G (45* Position) 4” sch. 40 pipe – SMAW
    •    6G (45* Position) 4” sch. 40 pipe – SMAW / GTAW Combo

Internship Opportunities: Before you graduate from the welding program, the time will come for you to put the skills you learned in the classroom and apply them in a Real World setting! As an Intern, you will have the opportunity to work hands on in a professional environment, network with other professionals in your field, explore different careers, and build your resume. You will have a dedicated Internship Coordinator that will personally work with you and many of our industry partners to provide you the exposure and experience you need to get ready for the Real World.


Pipe Welder
Combination Welder
Apprentice Welder
Arc Welder Welding
Machine Operator
Machinist Iron Worker
Sheet Metal Worker
Structural Welder
Fabrication Welder
Pipe Fitter
MIG & TIG Welder


Equipped for Your Success

Dedicated classrooms for instruction
On-site AWS Certified Welding Inspectors
60+ welding booths
80+ welding machines: SMAW (Arc); GMAW (MIG); GTAW (TIG); FCAW (Flux Cored)
Oxy-Acetylene Track Torches
Manual Torches
Plasma Cutters

Additional Program Details

Additional Program Details can be found on our disclosures page.