Advanced Welding Technology

A Passion to Build Metal

Welding is a hands-on art form that many industries rely on today. The Advanced Welding Program at Western Tech's Welding School in El Paso, TX will teach you the techniques and skills to turn your talent into a successful career. Our Welding Program Director is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE), so the program is overseen by a highly credentialed individual. While enrolled in Western Tech's Welding School in El Paso, you'll learn to work from blueprints and translate plans into metal reality.

As part of your training, you will receive a complete tool set to use during our Welding Program that you’ll keep when you graduate from Welding School. Students in our Welding School learn to work from blueprints and develop skills in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). During Welding School you’ll also learn carbon arc-air cutting, cutting and welding with oxy-acetylene, and metallurgy.

Certificate Program

Program Name: Advanced Welding Technology

Length: 69 weeks / 17.25 months daytime or 86 weeks / 21.5 months evenings. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES

Western Tech's Welding School and the Advanced Welding Program is approximately 20 percent classroom training and 80 percent hands-on training.

Advanced Welding Program Students will prepare to test for structural certifications by the American Welding Society (AWS) in 2G, 3G, 4G, V-groove, SMAW and will also have the opportunity to test for pipe certifications in 6G, SMAW, and 6G GTAW/SMAW.

Advanced Welding Program Courses Include*

  • Orientation and Safety
  • Blueprint Fundamentals
  • Metallurgy and Fundamentals of TIG, MIG, and Inner-Shield
  • Pipe Layout and Fit-Up
  • Code Welding and Course Review
  • Employment Preperation
  • Internship Program
*This is a partial list of courses required in the Advanced Welding Program. For complete welding program information, please refer to the school catalog.

Career Opportunities

  • 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


2 dedicated classrooms

  • Equipment in each classroom:
    • LCD overhead projectors
    • Various blueprints
    • Charts
    • Sample weld displays
  • 40 welding booths
    • 60 welding machines
      • SMAW (Stick)
      • GMAW (MIG)
      • GTAW (TIG)
      • FCAW (Flux Cored)
  • 3 Oxy-Acetylene Track Torches
  • 4 Manual Torches
  • 3 Plasma Cutters

*Located at the Plaza Main Campus 9624 Plaza Cirlce El Paso, Tx 79927


Read more about our Advanced Welding Technology Facilities

Advanced Welding Technology

Tuition: $27,098.60
Fees: $100.00
Books & Supplies: $3,095.46
ACCSC Graduation Rate (Full Time): 58.00%
ACCSC Graduation Rate (Part Time): 49.00%
ACCSC Employment Rate (Full Time): 70.00%
ACCSC Employment Rate (Part Time): 70.00%
TWC Completion Rate: 70.20%
TWC Employment Rate: 62.24%

*Tuition, Fees, and Books & Supplies are subject to change at the discretion of Western Technical College.

Advanced Welding Technology (19 Months)

Federal, Private, and Institutional Loans: $12,739.00


Advanced Welding Technology (23 Months)

Federal, Private, and Institutional Loans: $14,540.00


Advanced Welding Technology - Advanced Welding

CIP Code: 48.0508 Welding Technology/Welder
SOC# 51-4121.00 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
SOC# 51-4121.06 Welders, Cutters, & Welder Fitters
SOC# 51-4121.07 Solderers & Brazers
SOC# 51-4122.00 Welding, Soldering, & Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders
SOC# 17-3029.00 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other

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